New York State School Boards Association

Advocacy Update: Updated ESSA Community Meeting Information

October 10, 2018

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.

The State Education Department is hosting a series of regional meetings across the state with community stakeholders including school district leaders, board members and parents to discuss the financial reports required by ESSA.

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

The latest in this series of meetings has been scheduled:

Date: Thursday October 18, 2018

Time: 10AM - 12PM

Location: GST BOCES, Building 1 (Room ABC), 459 Philo Road, Elmira, NY 14903

Space is limited. Please RSVP by October 16th at

ESSA Flexibilities Guide

Last week, the U.S. Department of Education released a publication detailing the flexibilities. The guide highlights the key flexibilities afforded to States and districts in ESSA, including fiscal and programmatic options across the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). In addition, the Department has made a parent friendly version of the Guide available.

The guides can be accessed below.

BOCES DS Salary Cap Advocacy Continues

It is not too late to send in letters in support of NYSSBA priority legislation, S.3203-A (DeFrancisco)/A.2112-A (Nolan), which would allow for an increase in the BOCES DS Salary Cap. If your district has not yet submitted a letter and you would like to do so, please consider approving one and send to Julie Marlette at NYSSBA at Collection will continue until there is final action on the legislation.

Sample letters are available below.

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

2018 Voting Delegates Guide

The Voting Delegates' Guide is now available on our website.

The 2018 Annual Business Meeting will take place on October 25th- 27th in New York City. The annual business meeting will start promptly at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 27th, at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, New York Ballroom, 3rd Floor.  If your district has not registered a delegate, or has any questions about the Business Meeting or plan to submit an amendment or a late resolution, please contact Danielle Grasso at as soon as possible.

NYSSBA's Governmental Relations team will continue to report on these and other issues.  For more information, visit our Key Issues Page, and be sure to keep up with NYSSBA on Facebook and Twitter.  

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