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Advocacy Update: 2019 Session Comes to a Close

June 21, 2019

Earlier today, the Senate (around 1:00 am) followed by the Assembly (just after 7:00 am) completed their work for the 2019 regular legislative session.

Despite concerns about what this session would look like, overall this was a pretty good year for school districts.  After a series of priority accomplishments being included in the budget, including the increase in the BOCES DS salary cap and authorization to establish TRS reserves, the session ended with a number of positive developments for schools.


Advocacy Update: Legislature Releases Bullet Aid Resolutions

June 20, 2019

Both the Senate and Assembly released their respective houses' Bullet Aid allocations for school districts, libraries and non-profits.

These allocations are not based on state aid formulas, but rather, are negotiated by individual legislators and legislative leadership. Not all school districts receive Bullet Aid. This year, a pot of money was also set aside specific to fund school-based health centers.

The district-specific allocations can be viewed below.

Senate 2019-20 Bullet Aid

Assembly 2019-20 Bullet Aid

Assembly Bullet Aid for School Based Health Centers

 


Advocacy Update: Changes Enacted that Eliminate Religious Exemptions from Required Vaccinations

June 17, 2019

Legislation supported by NYSSBA passed both houses of the legislature and was signed by the Governor that eliminates religious exemptions from having required vaccinations as a condition of attending school.  This new law took effect upon the Governor's signature.

The Governor's office is working with the State Education Department and the State Health Department to provide expedited guidance to school districts as quickly as possible. However, the Governor's office, in consultation with the Health Department, has offered assurances that students with existing exemptions will be able to finish out the school year and complete their Regents exams. NYSSBA Governmental Relations will share further guidance as soon as it is available.


2019 End of Session Update

June 10, 2019

We are now down to 7 scheduled session days in the 2019 Legislative Session. Three key bills are listed below which need your immediate attention! Please consider reaching out to your elected officials and weighing in on these proposals and let NYSSBA Governmental Relations know about your conversations. If you need assistance identifying your state legislators, please contact Belinda Heckler, Governmental Relations Representative and Grassroots Advocacy Manager at 518-783-3742 or belinda.heckler@nyssba.org.

Assembly Operator: 518-455-4100

Senate Operator: 518-455-2800


End of the 2019 Session Approaches

June 3, 2019

With only 11 scheduled session days remaining, the familiar routine of session closedown has begun, meaning that bills are being considered at a fast and furious pace, some of which are important to see passed before the end of session and others for which it is important school board members weigh in on if we want to stop them from being enacted. Two key bills are listed below which need immediate action! Please consider reaching out to your elected officials and weighing in on these proposals and let NYSSBA Governmental Relations know about your conversations. If you need assistance identifying your state legislators, please contact Belinda Heckler, Governmental Relations Representative and Grassroots Advocacy Manager at 518-783-3742 or belinda.heckler@nyssba.org.


Advocacy Update: Legislation to Reform Time off for Voting introduced in the Assembly

May 28, 2019

Legislation had previously been introduced by Senate Education Chair Shelley Mayer that, if enacted, would restore the qualifier that only those school district employees who do not have 4 hours off of work while the polls are open are eligible to take up to three hours of paid leave to vote has now also been introduced in the Assembly by Education Chair Michael Benedetto (A.7837).

NYSSBA supports the legislative proposal put forth by Senator Mayer and Assemblyman Benedetto.


House Appropriations Subcommittee Approves U.S. Ed Spending Bill

May 6, 2019

Last week, the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee approved their spending plan for the Department of Education's 2020 budget. The House proposal would provide an aggregate 6% spending. A comprehensive list of education program spending will not be released until next week, when the full House Appropriations Committee considers the bill. Committee leaders predict that the list would include increases for the following key programs:

  • $1 billion for IDEA Part B (funding for special education) and ESSA-Title I (funding for economically disadvantages schools and students)
  • $500 million for ESSA-Title II-A (funding for professional development)
  • ESSA-Title IV-A (student support and economic enrichment - amount not announced)


Bill Introduced to Limit Paid Leave for Voting Mandate

April 26, 2019

Legislation has been introduced by Senate Education Chair Shelley Mayer that, if enacted, would restore the qualifier that only those school district employees that do not have 4 hours off of work while the polls are open are eligible to take up to three hours of paid leave to vote.

This previously existing entitlement was limited to 2 hours and the 4 hour qualifier applied to all employees until the entitlement was expanded as a part of the 2019 state budget.


Advocacy Continues on Mandated Paid Leave on Election Day

April 17, 2019

A provision in the recently enacted state budget requires that all employers, including school districts, provide up to three hours of paid leave to employees to vote in non-district elections. This unwelcome change has provoked many questions and concerns from district leaders, who will need to implement this for the first time in conjunction with the June consolidated primary (unless there is a special election called before then).

NYSSBA Governmental Relations is continuing to pursue legislative and regulatory actions that might provide better understanding of what this means, as well as to roll back some of the worst implications of this change.


2019 NYSSBA Resolution Kit

April 16, 2019

Dear NYSSBA Member:

Below you will find a link to NYSSBA's 2019 Resolution Kit. This kit includes key dates and other important information about NYSSBA's resolutions process.  

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