New York State School Boards Association

Advocacy Alert: NYSSBA Call to Action, 2019 Budget

March 19, 2019

Following the release of the Legislative budget proposals last week, the Governmental Relations team is advocating for NYSSBA's budget priorities, including:

  • Significantly increasing Foundation Aid over the Executive proposal
  • Rejection of the proposed school-based funding redistribution plan
  • Rejection of the proposed consolidation of reimbursement aids into a block grant, or "services aid"
  • Rejection of the proposed reduction in building aid reimbursement rates
  • Rejecting a permanent tax cap or any extension until common sense adjustments are made
  • Updating the BOCES District Superintendent salary cap
  • Increasing the cap on aidable BOCES CTE salaries and special services aid for non-component districts
  • Establishing a renewed period of building aid and transportation aid forgiveness
  • Authorizing the creation of a TRS reserve fund
  • Repealing the building level budget reports adopted last year, as proposed by the Senate
  • Making prekindergarten transportation aidable, as proposed by the Assembly
  • Making space for health, mental health and dental health building aid eligible, as proposed by the Assembly
  • Making school bus stop arm cameras transportation aidable, as proposed by the Senate.

Make your district's voice heard! Consider sending a letter on behalf of your board to your legislators advocating for your board's priorities. A sample letter is included below. For assistance identifying your district's representatives, please contact Belinda Heckler, Governmental Relations Representative and Grassroots Advocacy Manager at

If you would like to send an individual letter as well, a letter is available in the NYSSBA Action Center.

For a comparison of the three proposals, see the compilation of NYSSBA's analyses of the three proposals below:

NYSSBA Statement on Legalization of Marijuana

Yesterday, NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer released a statement calling on the legislature to address the question of the legalization of marijuana outside the budget process to allow for a full discussion of the issue. NYSSBA's statement can be accessed below.

NYSSBA Resolutions Survey Closes Friday

There are only 4 days left until the 2019 NYSSBA Resolutions Survey comes to a close. Don't miss out on this chance to participate! If you are having trouble locating the user specific link to the survey sent to you, please contact Paul Heiser at

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  

​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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