New York State School Boards Association

Advocacy Update: Legislative Preview Webinar Recording Now Available

December 11, 2020

Thank you to those who attended the Governmental Relations team's 2021 Legislative Preview Webinar. If you were unable to attend, or would like to reference points that were brought up during yesterday's discussion, the recording of the webinar is now available for you to view. The session included an analysis of how the recent state and federal elections may impact public education, as well as a review of NYSSBA's legislative priorities moving into the upcoming session.


Legislative Priorities 2021

Each year in preparation for the new legislative session, NYSSBA's Governmental Relations Department prepares a detailed list of priorities on which we focus our lobbying efforts. Many of these priorities are guided by the position statements adopted by member school boards at our annual Business Meeting. Below you will find a comprehensive report of NYSSBA's Legislative Priorities for 2021.


Position Statements 2021

NYSSBA's 101st Annual Business Meeting resulted in 19 new positions formally adopted by the Association. To access the full list of NYSSBA's position statements for 2021, please click on the link below.


2020 End of Session Summary

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Legislative Session did not follow the typical January to June calendar. Rather, legislators largely stayed out of Albany following enactment of the 2020-21 budget on April 1st. They reconvened on three different occasions since then to focus on topic specific issues such as COVID relief, police reform and racial equity. NYSSBA has put together a summary of the bills we either supported or opposed throughout this past session that have been signed or vetoed by the Governor, or have passed one or both Houses. You may view the summary at the link below.


NYSSBA's Governmental Relations team wants to wish you all good health and happiness as we enter the holiday season and new year. We are optimistic for the year ahead. Stay safe, everyone, and see you soon!

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