New York State School Boards Association

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The race to the end of the legislative session is on! Each house of the Legislature and the Executive have laid out their priorities and activity in the Capitol has taken on a frenzied pace. In the days and weeks ahead, NYSSBA’s governmental relations team will be sharing updates, information and calls to action.

Today, we are excited to announce a new tool that allows for NYSSBA members to send messages to lawmakers within seconds.  Engage (formerly CapWiz) will allow you to send letters directly to your elected officials on priority bills. We encourage you to take action and share these requests with anyone in your district.   

Education Investment Tax Credit

Last week Governor Cuomo unveiled the Parental Choice in Education Act, the latest piece of legislation to create tax credits in support of non-public schools. This bill would provide millions of dollars each year in the form of state tax credits to support donations to scholarship organizations, education funds and other education entities, as well as to support tuition for private and other sectarian schools.

NYSSBA continues to be opposed to any legislation that offers state tax credits in support of non-public schools. At a time when school aid remains more than $4.5 billion behind, resources should not be diverted from the state.

Click below to view NYSSBA’s legislative memorandums of opposition to these bills.

Join us in our advocacy efforts by sending a letter to your state level elected officials. Let your representatives know that you are opposed to this tax credit.

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End of Session Issues

Additional issues that will frame the agenda for the end of the legislative session are starting to receive attention.  NYSSBA’s governmental relations team is logging lots of time at the Capitol to ensure that your voice is heard, and will keep you updated as issues develop.  A few issues at the top of the list this week:

The Assembly has passed legislation that would delink APPR and state aid and make the use of independent observers optional.

Click below to read NYSSBA’s memorandum of support

Click below to read NYSSBA’s presentation to the State Education Department on APPR
•    Rebuilding the Annual Performance Review Process

The legislature is also considering legislation that would expand the veteran’s tax exemption currently limited to combat veterans to cold war veterans.

Click below to read NYSSBA’s memorandum of opposition.  
•    S.2210 / A.3379 – Real Property Tax Exemption for Cold War Veterans

Thank you again for all you do on behalf of New York’s public school students and for making school board voices across the state heard. NYSSBA will continue to keep you up to date as these and other issues develop. For additional information please contact the NYSSBA governmental relations team at 518-783-0200.  

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