New York State School Boards Association

Advocacy Update: Congress and White House Reach Tentative Two-Year Budget Deal


July 30, 2019

As Congress prepares to leave Washington for the 2019 in-district work period, leaders appear to have reached an agreement with the White House on a two-year budget plan. The plan will provide an aggregate $57 billion increase for non-defense programs, including education, for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. The Senate is expected to approve the deal this week. Appropriators are expected to have at least some additional overall funding to allocate for education programs, including Title I, IDEA Part B and other significant formula funding. These programs would have otherwise experienced a decrease due to caps put in place as a part of the spending caps included in the 2011 budget control act.

Additional word by appropriators will continue when Congress returns to Washington in September. This forward movement will provide a good talking point for NYSSBA's in-district visits this summer. If your board is interested in participating in these visits with your districts' congressional representatives, please reach out to Belinda Heckler at 518-783-0200 or belinda.heckler@nyssba.org.


Updated FAQ on Required Immunizations

In response to ongoing questions about the implementation of the recently enacted law which eliminated non-medical exemptions, the New York State Department of Health, Office of Children and Family Services and State Education Department have released updated information through an updated frequently asked questions (FAQ) document. The most recent FAQ can be accessed below.


NYSERDA P-12 Schools Benchmarking Application Available

The New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA) has released applications for their Pre-kindergarten through Grade 12 (P-12) Schools Initiative - Benchmarking Program. This program will provide participants in the program with up to three years of free energy benchmarking services to eligible schools. Benchmarking is a mechanism to measure, track and assess a building's utility, greenhouse gas, cost and energy metrics over time or comparatively to other similar buildings. This program can help schools better understand their energy use, identify inefficiencies, maximize energy performance and support financial planning and budgeting.

Interested districts can access more information about the program, eligibility and the application process at the links below. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, dependent on resource availability, until March 31, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. Questions about the program can be directed to p12schools@nyserda.ny.gov

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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