Advocacy Update: Assembly Releases Budget Proposal
March 12, 2019
Early this morning, the Assembly released their legislative budget proposal. The NYSSBA Governmental Relations team is working through the bills now but, upon initial read it appears that their proposal rejects some of the Executive's most damaging proposals, while adding several NYSSBA requested initiatives. Some of the highlights include:
Changes to Executive Proposal
- Rejecting the proposal to redistribute Foundation Aid
- Rejecting the proposal to combine Expense Based Aids into a "Services Aid" proposal
- Rejecting the proposal to make the Tax Cap permanent
- Rejecting changes in Building Aid calculation
NYSSBA Requests Added
- Making school based health, mental health and dental clinic building aidable
- Increasing the BOCES DS Salary Cap
- Increasing the cap on reimbursable BOCES salary
- Making prekindergarten transportation aidable
- Providing targeting forgiveness for some districts in jeopardy of losing transportation and building aid.
At this time there is no specific financial information available on the actual school aid proposal, but NYSSBA will make that information available as soon as it is public.
Trump Administration 2020 Budget Release
Yesterday the Administration released the first installment of its Fiscal Year 2020 budget request to Congress. That proposal includes an overall reduction of $2.7 trillion in spending over the next ten years. For the next fiscal year (that begins October 1, 2019), the budget request proposes reducing funding for education and other domestic programs by almost five percent. The budget request would cut discretionary funding to the Department of Education by 12 percent decrease from the FY19 enacted level. The second installment of the budget request is expected to be released in the coming days.
The Administration proposes:
- Flat funding for special education, Title I and Impact Aid
- Elimination of Title II
- Elimination of 21st Century Community Learning Centers
- Establishment of a $50 billion dollar, ten year tax credit for Education Freedom Scholarships to support "school choice"
- Elimination Public Service Loan Forgiveness
The Administration's proposal and NSBA's analysis can be viewed below.
Educational Conference Board Releases Restorative Practice Recommendations
The New York State Educational Conference Board (ECB) comprised of the six leading statewide educational organizations, including NYSSBA, held their annual legislative briefing on February 22nd for legislators, legislative staff and press. At this briefing, the group discussed recommendations and analyses of school aid, school safety and restorative practices. At this briefing, the ECB released their Restorative Practices paper and video. The video was produced in partnership with Capital Region BOCES. Feel free to distribute the paper and video to others in your local education community.
- Educational Conference Board's 2019 Restorative Practices Paper
- Educational Conference Board's 2019 Restorative Practices Video
Advocacy Day - Schools' Choice as Polling Places
NYSSBA members have continued to raise concerns about the use of school district buildings as polling places and wish to have the right to decline that designation. Legislation has been introduced that would allow districts to decline use of their buildings for voting in state, federal and local elections. This bill, (A.4737, Galef), would also allow districts to move school district elections to a building other than a school building.
NYSSBA is planning an advocacy day on Tuesday April 30th, to promote this important legislation. If your district would be interested in participating in this event, please contact Belinda Heckler at 518-783-3742 or Belinda.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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