New York State School Boards Association

Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on State Budget Agreement


FOR RELEASE: March 31, 2019

 

 

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 783-3716 or (518) 320-2221 cell

@nyschoolboards

   

The new state budget agreement includes a number of victories for school districts and students in New York’s public schools.

First, while the $618 million increase in foundation aid is below our request, it is nearly double the amount proposed by the governor and represents a strong investment in our public schools.

Equally important, the budget preserves local school board authority to allocate funding within school district buildings.

In addition, lawmakers enacted significant policy changes and mandate relief, enacting several longstanding school board priorities. These include authorizing school districts to create a TRS reserve fund and increasing the BOCES District Superintendent salary cap. These changes provide school board members with financial management tools to stabilize fluctuating pension costs from year to year, and recruit top leadership talent to manage our regional BOCES throughout the state.

We are disappointed that the tax cap was made permanent with no changes, but will continue to work with lawmakers to make common-sense changes to the cap. We applaud lawmakers for rejecting proposals to consolidate expense-based aids and reduce building aid reimbursement.

Finally, students will benefit from a NYSSBA-supported initiative, included in the budget, that allows community colleges and high schools to provide dual enrollment programs that enable students to receive college credit at little or no cost.

 

 

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