Statement by NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on the 2018 Legislative Session
CONTACT: Al Marlin
To borrow from the words of famous poet T.S. Eliot, the 2018 legislative session ended "not with a bang but a whimper."
There was no deal on major issues such as teacher evaluations, school safety, or stop arm cameras for school buses.
In the end, there was no so-called "big ugly."
While some may view these as missed opportunities, we’re pleased that lawmakers did not rush to judgment on complex issues that require thoughtful solutions. School boards, for example, support reforms to APPR, but those reforms should not include cumbersome new collective bargaining requirements or charter school sweeteners.
We are pleased with the passage of several longstanding legislative priorities for school boards. Legislation to update the salary cap on BOCES district superintendents, which has not been raised in over a decade, passed both houses. In addition, lawmakers passed legislation that will remove disincentives under the tax cap for school districts to invest in BOCES capital facilities.
We hope the governor will sign these proposals into law, and we look forward to working with the legislature on issues left unresolved this session.
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