New York State School Boards Association

Advocacy Alert: Administration Releases 2018 Federal Budget Request

June 2, 2017

The Trump administration recently released its formal budget request to Congress. As foreshadowed, the proposal includes a number of cost shifts and program eliminations that would be damaging to public education. Some of the key proposals are:

  • Shifting $1 billion Title I (including the $334 million in new proposed Title I dollars) to a newly created FOCUS grant program that would direct funding to LEAs with open enrollment policies that allow for public school choice.
  • $250 million in additional funding to establish competitive grants for applicants to provide scholarships for low income students to attend nonpublic schools.
  • $267 million in new funding for expansion and replication of charter schools and charter school facilities.
  • Flat funding for IDEA at $11.9 billion. If enacted, this flat appropriation would actually result in a reduction in available per-pupil funding of approximately $35 per student, based on the anticipated increase in students receiving services in 2018.
  • Reduction of CTE Education grants of $166 million (15%).
  • Elimination of the $68 million in Impact Aid for federal properties payments to school districts, $1.165 billion in 21st Century Learning Centers, $400 million Student Support and Academic Enrichment grants (Title IV) and $2.3 billion in Supporting Effective Instruction State grants (Title II, professional development).

NYSSBA will be working closely with NSBA in the weeks and months ahead to urge Congress to reject these damaging proposals. Additional information about the President's request can be viewed below.

Medicaid Webinar

The Schuyler Center, Community Service Society and Children's Defense Fund-NY are collaborating to provide a brief program to help stakeholders better understand the current health care reform landscape.

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) recently passed by the House of Representatives poses a very real threat to healthcare programs by proposing to radically restructure Medicaid and cut billions of dollars from the program. Congress must act later this year to provide funding to keep the Child Health Insurance Program solvent (known as Child Health Plus in New York). This may impact school districts.

Activating Your Networks to Protect Children's Health Coverage
Friday, June 9, 2017
1:00 -1:30 PM

This webinar will be archived for later viewing.

SED Identifies 185 Reward Schools

The State Education Department has identified 185 high achieving and high progress schools as Reward Schools, making them eligible to apply for additional federal funding. To be identified as a Reward School, a school must be among the top 20% of schools in the state for third- through eighth-grade English language arts performance and math exams for both the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years, or be among the top schools to make gains in the 2016-17 school year. They must also have made adequate yearly progress for all student groups for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years on all school accountability measures. Schools with less than a 95% participation rate on state assessments are ineligible for the program.

A list of the Reward Schools and the NYSED press release can be viewed below.

2017 Resolution Kit

The 2017 Resolution Kit is now available. Please consider submitting a resolution for consideration by the delegates at the 2017 Annual Business Meeting.  As a reminder, the deadline for resolution submission is close of business, Monday July 10, 2017.

NYSSBA's Governmental Relations team will keep you up to date on these and other issues.

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