New York State School Boards Association

Advocacy Update: 2021-22 Enacted State Budget Analysis

April 9, 2021

Shortly before midnight on Wednesday, the state Assembly passed its final budget bills, officially completing the legislature's work on the 2021-22 state budget. The final budget includes record levels of state aid and other notable success.

No windfall expected for schools from NYS cannabis-related sales

On Board Online • April 12, 2021

By Chris Carola
Special Correspondent

New York has legalized the use of recreational cannabis by adults ages 21 and older, ending years of debate over the issue and putting the state on track to an estimated $350 million annually in taxes on cannabis-related sales.

Legislature to fully fund foundation aid in 3 years

On Board Online • April 12, 2021

By Alicia Gene Artessa
Governmental Relations Representative

As part of a state budget agreement, New York has a plan to phase in full funding of foundation aid for all school districts over three years.

How your board can attract more high-quality candidates

On Board Online • April 12, 2021

By Mark Snyder
Leadership Development Manager

The statewide day for school board elections and budget votes is May 18. While a school board should not be directly involved in the recruitment of candidates, there are steps that can be taken at the district level and individual level to encourage this form of public service.

Rochester-area district gets positive response to '10-Day Equity Journey'

On Board Online • April 12, 2021

By Pauline Liu
Special Correspondent

For two weeks in February, students, parents, teachers and staff in the Rush-Henrietta Central School District were asked to voluntarily and anonymously participate in independent consciousness-raising activities. It was called the 10-Day Equity Journey.

Statement from NYSSBA Executive Director Robert Schneider on NYS Budget Agreement

FOR RELEASE: April 7, 2021

NYSSBA appreciates the commitment to our students’ ongoing educational needs – as well as the extraordinary needs brought on by the global pandemic – shown in the 2021-22 budget approved by the governor and the state Legislature.

Advocacy Alert: State Aid Runs

April 6, 2021

Following the printing of the Aid to Localities appropriations budget bill this evening, the state posted the 2021-22 School Aid Runs, detailing district specific aid allocations. As you will see, stimulus allocations from both the December 2020 CRRSA Act and the March 2021 ARP Act are listed as separate below-the-line allocations, representative of their one-time nature.

Advocacy Update: Education Budget Bill Printed

April 6, 2021

The main education state budget bill was printed this morning. While the bill, commonly referred to as ELFA, has not yet been passed by the legislature, and some education-relevant bills remain to be printed, we wanted to update you on what has been included so far at this point.

Advocacy Update: State Budget Update

April 1, 2021

Midnight passed last night with no state budget deal in place. Negotiations continue and much work still remains to be done. As of this email, just three of ten budget bills have been printed and just one of those three bills has been passed by both the Senate and Assembly.

Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Robert Schneider on CDC school guidelines

FOR RELEASE: March 19, 2021

Today’s announcement by the Centers for Disease Control, as well a similar announcement earlier this week by the World Health Organization, that three feet of separation between students in classrooms is sufficient to ensure their safety, rather than the previous guidance of six feet, offers greater flexibility for school districts to accommodate parents who want to see their children back in school.

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