New York State School Boards Association

Advocacy Update: Regents Release State Aid Proposal

December 13, 2019

On Monday, the Board of Regents released their 2020-21 School Aid proposal. The Regents recommended a school aid increase of $2.0 billion, or 7%, over current year funding levels.

  • $1.9 billion in Foundation Aid increases
  • $82 million in statutory reimbursement-based aid increases
  • $26 million for prekindergarten expansion and inclusion pilot
  • The proposal would also put the state on a committed path to fully phasing-in the Foundation Aid formula over a three year period

To view the full presentations of both the Regents' state aid and legislative proposals, follow the links below.

In addition, NYSSBA and the Educational Conference Board (ECB), of which NYSSBA is a member, called for a $2.1 billion school aid increase in for 2020-21. Included below are links to both the ECB budget proposal and NYSSBA's 2020 budget recommendations.

Senate Foundation Aid Meetings Update 

This fall, the Senate Education Committee and the Senate Committee on Budget and Revenues have been holding a series of roundtables on Foundation Aid.

Following the roundtables, a public hearing was held in New York City on December 3rd.  Members of the NYSSBA Governmental Relations staff have attended each roundtable and Brian Fessler, NYSSBA Interim Director of Governmental Relations, testified at the public hearing. Below is a link to NYSSBA's testimony.

Legislation Signed by the Governor

 Recently, Governor Cuomo signed three NYSSBA supported bills into law. The first bill, S.1866-A (Breslin)/A.2858-A (McDonald), increases the amount of money a retiree may earn in a position of public service from $30,000 to $35,000. The second bill S.5757 (Mayer)/A.7114 (Jones), provides flexibility to school districts when preparing their school district calendar so that they meet the minimum number of instructional hours for State aid purposes and will eliminate any penalties to school districts who are forced to close a scheduled day of session because of a State or local emergency. The third bill, S.2038-A (Carlucci)/A.1922-A (Galef) amends provisions relating to the information which must be included on applications for absentee ballots for school district elections.

Expansion of Statewide Eligibility for Inclusive Sports

The state Board of Regents voted to expand statewide eligibility for inclusive sports this week, which means students with developmental disabilities will be allowed to compete in Unified basketball or bowling until they are 21. Previously, students with developmental disabilities were forced to stop participating at 19, in response to the larger umbrella of traditional eligibility rules - even though those students often remain in high school under state law until they are 21. Recently, at NYSSBA's 2019 annual business meeting, delegates passed a resolution in support of this action.

Registration Open for NYSSBA's 2020 Capital Conference

NYSSBA's annual Capital Conference will be held on February 9th and 10th at the Renaissance Hotel in Albany, with a dinner Sunday night at the Albany Capital Center. Highlights of the event will include an interactive conversation with NYSSBA's Governmental Relations team on priority issues and our popular Reporters Roundtable with reporters who specialize in covering education and the legislature.

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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