New York State School Boards Association

Advocacy Update: Take Action - Federal Funding and State Budget

February 23, 2021

In order to continue to provide quality instruction to students during this pandemic and beyond, school districts must receive sufficient aid from both the state and federal government, distributed in an equitable and timely manner.

At the federal level, NYSSBA asks that New York receive billions in stimulus funding for state and local governments, as well as additional targeted funding for school districts.

At the state level, NYSSBA calls on the state lawmakers to reject proposed state aid cuts and warns against the overreliance on federal funds, which could create multi-billion dollar funding cliffs in years to come.

The Governmental Relations team invites you to Take Action by reaching out to your state and federal representatives as they actively engage in budget negotiations. We have created two letters that you may edit with district-specific information, or send just as they are. Simply click on the links below and follow the prompts.  You are welcome to share these letters with members of your community.

ECB Digital Divide Paper

The New York Educational Conference Board (ECB), a coalition of seven statewide educational organizations including NYSSBA, just released a comprehensive paper addressing the digital divide. The report highlights how the COVID-19 pandemic and the onset of remote learning has heightened the digital divide for K-12 students. Among the recommendations offered by the report to close the digital divide are:

  • Prioritize infrastructure investment to ensure broadband access.
  • Strengthen digital competencies of students and educators via professional development and training.
  • Upgrade coverage maps.
  • Provide monies to pay back school districts for technology costs associated with remote learning.
  • Ban caps on data from Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

You may view the report here:

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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