New York State School Boards Association

Ed Trust-NY Launches School Funding Transparency Tool


September 24, 2018

Last week, Ed Trust-NY launched an online tool analyzing data on building level per-pupil allocation reports that 76 school districts were required to submit to the state by the start of the school year. You can access this data tool as well as the original reports at the links below.


Additional Regional Meeting with SED on ESSA Financial Reporting

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires that, beginning with the 2018-19 school year, State Report cards must include: specific, per-pupil expenditures of federal, state and local funds. This includes actual personnel expenditures and actual non-personnel expenditures of federal, state and local funds, disaggregated by source of funds.

The first of these reports will be required for the 2018-19 school - year. Those reports will be on actual expenditures and are expected to be due by December 2019.

To ensure the financial reports are useful to school districts and their communities, SED is soliciting stakeholder feedback through a series of regional meetings.

The topics that will be discussed include but are not limited to:

  • How do districts currently account for expenditures among their schools?
  • Which expenditures are not easily identifiable at a school level?
  • Which expenditures are not easily identifiable as coming from a federal or state/local funding source?
  • What type of report, presentation and/or additional contextual information would be useful to district personnel, parents and community leaders for inclusion in a report?

If you have any questions or would like to provide feedback to the above questions but cannot participate in the meeting, please feel free to email ESSAFinTrans@nysed.gov.

In addition to prior the following meeting below has been scheduled:

Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Time: 3PM - 5:30PM

Location: Monroe-Woodbury High School Auditorium, 155 Dunderberg Road, Central Valley, NY 10917         

Please RSVP by September 25th to william.hecht@ouboces.org.


September Regents Meeting

Last week the Board of Regents meetings met in Albany on September 17th and 18th and acted on a number of items.  NYSSBA's OnBoard Extra with highlights of the meeting and the meeting agenda can be accessed below.

  • OnBoard Extra - Districts with high opt outs will like this Regents decision


DS Salary Cap Advocacy

NYSSBA hosted a successful lobby day to urge the governor to sign NYSSBA priority legislation, S.3203-A (DeFrancisco)/A.2112-A (Nolan), which has passed both houses and awaits delivery to the Governor. The meetings were very well attended; and NYSSBA extends their thanks to all the participants. However, there is still work to do.  We are still collecting letters of support.  If your district has not yet submitted one, please consider sending one at your next board meeting. Please also send a copy to Julie Marlette at NYSSBA at julie.marlette@nyssba.org.

Sample letters are available below.

NYSSBA's letter to the Governor on this bill can be viewed below.


NYSSBA's Governmental Relations team will continue to report on these and other issues. For more information, visit our Key Issues Page.


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