New York State School Boards Association

Advocacy Update: Governor Delivers State of the State Address

January 9, 2020

Yesterday, Governor Cuomo delivered his 2020 State of the State address. NYSSBA was in attendance to hear the dozens of ideas and initiatives the Governor plans on advancing in the new year. The speech followed an extended roll-out of proposals from the Governor over the past few weeks.

While the address was notable for being a bit light on big ticket education issues, the Governor did touch upon subjects that will be relevant to school districts and included additional proposals and details in his 300-plus page "briefing book" that traditionally accompanies his speech.

Some highlights include:

  • Expanding pre-k and after-school programs
  • Enhancing school safety through state grant funding
  • Enacting new vaping regulations to protect the health of youth
  • Increasing funding for P-TECH and early college high school programs
  • Improving student mental health supports with funding to train educators
  • Adding net neutrality protections

The Governor also continued his focus on funding equity within New York's education system. In highlighting the gap in resources between some wealthy schools and needy schools, the Governor stated "Use state funds to raise those at the bottom. Fund poorer schools and close the education gap." A review of the briefing book suggests that the Governor may be looking to refresh his 2019 proposal to require school districts to more equitably distribute state aid amongst school buildings within individual districts. NYSSBA expressed concerns with the proposal last year - successfully pushing back against much of the plan - and would do so again if the Executive Budget proposal includes such a requirement.

The Governor is required to submit his Executive Budget proposal by Tuesday, January 21st.

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, remarks from state education leaders and our popular Reporters Roundtable with reporters who specialize in covering education and the legislature. The deadline to register is January 29, 2020.

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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