New York State School Boards Association

House Appropriations Subcommittee Approves U.S. Ed Spending Bill

May 6, 2019

Last week, the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee approved their spending plan for the Department of Education's 2020 budget. The House proposal would provide an aggregate 6% spending. A comprehensive list of education program spending will not be released until next week, when the full House Appropriations Committee considers the bill. Committee leaders predict that the list would include increases for the following key programs:

  • $1 billion for IDEA Part B (funding for special education) and ESSA-Title I (funding for economically disadvantages schools and students)
  • $500 million for ESSA-Title II-A (funding for professional development)
  • ESSA-Title IV-A (student support and economic enrichment - amount not announced)

The Senate Appropriation Committee has not yet taken any action on an education spending plan. No immediate action is anticipated. NYSSBA will continue to work with NSBA to advocate for needed increases across all key funding areas.

Advocacy Day - May 14th, Mandated Paid Leave on Election Day

*NOTE: An earlier communication inadvertently listed the date for this event as a May, 21st. The correct date is May 14th.

Legislation has been introduced by Senate Education Chair Shelley Mayer that, if enacted, would restore the qualifier that only those school district employees who do not have 4 hours off of work while the polls are open, are eligible to take up to three hours of paid leave to vote. We anticipate having an Assembly sponsor as early as today.

This previously existing entitlement was limited to up to 2 hours and the 4 hour qualifier applied to all employees until the benefit was expanded as part of the 2019 state budget.

NYSSBA advocated against this provision during the budget and has continued to pursue legislative and regulatory means to reduce the impact of this change on students and school district operations.

NYSSBA will host an advocacy day in support of this legislation on Tuesday, May 14th. Please consider attending and having your district represented. It is important that legislators hear from district officials and voters about how damaging this will be to your operations. If you would be interested in participating, please contact Belinda Heckler at 518-783-0200 or Links to the bill language and sponsor's memo, as well as NYSSBA's memo of support are below.

Initial Early Voting Sites Determined

Counties around the state have started the process of determining which sites will be used for early voting in October and November of this year. The deadline for determining these sites is May 1 annually, however, reports indicate that some changes of initial appointments are anticipated.

If any school in your district has been contacted about serving as an early voting site, please let NYSSBA know. This information would be incredibly valuable in our advocacy. If your district has been contacted, please notify Caroline Bobick at

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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