New York State School Boards Association


June 17, 2013

No New Mandates


This is the last week of the regularly scheduled legislative session.  With legislative activity in high gear, our own efforts need to increase to meet the challenge.  The No New Mandates! campaign has succeeded thus far, but a number of mandates are still under consideration.  These last few days will be critically important to preventing new mandates from displacing promised educational programs and services. 

This week, pressure on your legislator will be intense.  Special interest groups will be meeting continually with representatives in an effort to convince them that their issue is too important to ignore.  They may even agree that mandates are generally a bad thing.  They will argue however, that in their case, the benefit outweighs the burden.  They won’t recognize that action on their issue could open the mandate floodgates.  They won’t recognize the cumulative impact of new mandates and they won’t recognize that in order to comply with the new mandate, something else of value will be abandoned.

Your phone call or email is the difference between proposed mandates and enacted new mandates!  Don’t wait to open school in the fall, only to find that you have to cut your budget to adjust for new, unfunded and unplanned for mandates.  The No New Mandates! website has everything you need and taking action is easy.  If you choose to call your legislators, their contact information and a sample message is right there for you to use.  If you want to email, just cut and paste the sample message into your email and use the directory provided to find your legislators’ email addresses.  Then send your email to everyone on your personal email list and ask that they use your message as the body of their own anti-mandate email to legislators. 

By the end of the week, we’ll know whether 2013 will be the year of No New Mandates! and you will have made the difference.

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