New York State School Boards Association

Advocacy Alert: 2020 State Budget Call to Action

February 19, 2020

Over the next few weeks, both the Senate and Assembly will be continuing work on their respective state budget proposals. Many of you connected with your legislators at the 2020 Capital Conference, but it is important to continue your advocacy by reminding them how you and your district feel about the executive budget proposal. For those that missed our Capital Conference, you can find the attendee information here:

Consider contacting your legislators over the next few weeks to tell them what your district needs from the 2020-21 state budget. You can take part in state budget advocacy through the "Call to Action" link below to send a letter to your legislators. They need to hear from you about the importance of adequate and equitable state aid.

NYSSBA Testifies at Joint Budget Hearing on Education

On Tuesday, February 11th, NYSSBA Governmental Relations submitted testimony on the Executive budget proposal during the joint budget hearing on education. This testimony included both a response to the Executive proposal and advanced several NYSSBA proposals that were not addressed in his budget.

NYSSBA's testimony can be accessed below:

Understanding State Aid

To help support your budget advocacy, NYSSBA Governmental Relations has created a useful brochure - State Aid: What School Board Members Should Know. This reference guide walks through the process and factors that drive the primary school aid formulas, including Foundation Aid (which though frozen remains the primary statutory operating aid formula).

This tool may aid your district in your board discussions and conversations with legislators. If you would like to receive hard copies, contact Danielle Grasso in NYSSBA Governmental Relations via email,

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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