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'They transform into little angels of mercy'

On Board Online • April 2, 2018

By Merri Rosenberg
Special Correspondent

Linda Romano's classroom in the Newburgh Enlarged City School District looks a lot like a nursing home or hospital. Dressed in dark blue scrubs, students were washing life-like dummy figures and practicing their skills at transferring a "patient", i.e., a classmate, from a hospital bed to a wheelchair. A washing machine and dryer stood ready to renew the supply of clean bedding and towels.

"Be the professionals I know that you are," Romano told the students. "Being in uniform counts as part of your 108 clinical hours."

Advocacy Update: State Budget Update

March 29, 2018

Yesterday, the first of the final budget bills were introduced in both the Senate and Assembly. However, as has been the case in recent years, the first bills were stripped down to include minimal, noncontroversial content. There is no deal on the major education issues including school aid, nonpublic school issues, charter schools, whether or not school districts will be required to seek state approval of their building level, or per pupil spending plans. A handful of education issues were addressed in the initial bills, including:  

Advocacy Update: State Budget Negotiations Continue

March 26, 2018

This week and last week, the Governmental Relations team was aggressive in working to ensure NYSSBA's budget priorities are included in the final state budget. The Joint Budget Conference committee, made of legislative leaders from each house, known as the "mothership", met and a spending amount or "table target" of $70 million dollars was announced for the education table. Table targets relate to budgeted revenues for Legislative additions to the Executive budget proposal. Some of the items under discussion for funding are school safety, mental health programs and funding for nonpublic schools and the charter industry. 

Advocacy Update: NYSSBA Call to Action, Budget Priorities

March 19, 2018

Following the release of the Legislative budget proposals, the Governmental Relations team is hard at work advocating for NYSSBA's budget priorities, including:

  • Increasing Foundation Aid funding well above the Executive's proposal
  • Eliminating Foundation Aid set-asides, including Contracts for Excellence and Community Schools
  • Rejecting the proposed caps on expense-based aids, including transportation, building and BOCES aids

Advocacy Alert: NYSSBA Analysis of Legislative Budget Proposals

March 16, 2018

Below, you will find NYSSBA analyses of the Senate and Assembly budget proposals.

As we indicated earlier this week, both houses included proposals for significantly more education aid, primarily Foundation Aid, than the executive proposed. However, like the executive, each house included a variety of policy-related proposals directly affecting school districts.

Advocacy Update: Senate Introduces Legislative Budget Proposal

March 14, 2018

Last night, the Senate released its own response to the Executive budget proposal. This afternoon, they introduced the accompanying resolution that provided some additional details around the proposal.

Complete analysis of the bills are underway, however some initial highlights include:

  • A $957 million increase in education aid over 2017-18
    • $717.2 million of this funding would be an increase in Foundation Aid
  • A rejection of the Executive proposal to cap reimbursement for BOCES, transportation and building aid

Advocacy Update: Assembly Releases Legislative Budget Proposal

March 13, 2018

Last night, the Assembly Majority released their legislative budget proposal. Analysis of the bills is underway, however an initial read reveals that this proposal includes a number of NYSSBA priority items, and rejects some of the most harmful items in the Executive proposal.

The Assembly proposal includes:

  • $1.5 billion in education funding over 2017-18
    • $1.2 billion in Foundation Aid over 2017-18, more than tripling the Executive proposal
    • A commitment to a four year phase-in of the Foundation Aid formula
  • An increase in the BOCES district superintendent salary cap  
  • Authorization for districts to create a TRS reserve fund

Statement from NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on Equitable School Funding

FOR RELEASE: March 12, 2018



CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 783-3716 or (518) 320-2221  cell


On Sunday, New York State Director of the Budget Robert Mujica  issued a statement alleging that local officials are not allocating school funds in a manner that is fair and equitable. Our response to Mr. Mujica’s claim is simple: Who do we want to decide local school budgets – state bureaucrats in Albany or local boards of education representing school district residents?

Walkouts - teachable moments or substantial disruptions?

On Board Online • March 12, 2018

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

The shooting rampage that killed 17 people at Parkland High School in Florida on Feb. 14 touched off a tide of student-led activism now rolling through America's schools and communities - including many in New York.

Close to 200 student groups around the Empire State have registered their intention to conduct 17-minute school walkouts on March 14 to honor the 14 students and three faculty members killed in Florida. Events are planned from Hamburg to East Hampton and Canton to Brooklyn.

NYS officials counter DeVos on transgender bathroom issue

On Board Online • March 12, 2018

By Eric D. Randall

New York State officials and the Trump administration remain divided regarding whether transgender students are protected by federal civil rights law.

On Feb. 12, the U.S. Department of Education confirmed a report by BuzzFeed that it no longer will investigate allegations that schools have violated the civil rights of transgender students by denying them access to bathrooms that match their gender identity.

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