Advocacy Alert

End of Session Highlights

A comprehensive summary of some of the key bills NYSSBA advocated on this legislative session can be found at the link below.

Legislature Concludes 2021 Session

The legislature wrapped up their scheduled 2021 session during the overnight hours, as the Assembly adjourned their work shortly after 4am. The Senate had previously concluded their work for the season at about 9:30pm last night.

Following a productive state budget with record levels of education funding for most school districts, the end of the legislative session was somewhat light on issues that affect school districts, school boards and K-12 public education.

APPR not required in 2020-21

Last night, Governor Cuomo signed into law Chapter 112 of the Laws of 2021 - originally S.5576-C (Mayer)/A.6750-B (Benedetto). The law eliminates the requirement that school districts conduct APPR (annual professional performance reviews) for the current year (2020-21), and updates tenure statute to comply with such elimination

Webinar: Federal Stimulus and Your District

May 20, 2021

On Tuesday, May 18 we jointly hosted a webinar with NYSCOSS, The Big 5, ASBONY and SED on the importance of thinking strategically about the use of the recently approved federal stimulus funds. 

Webinar: Federal Stimulus and Your District

Tuesday, May 18, 12pm-1pm (plus up to an additional 30 minutes for questions)

Join us for an interactive discussion with the New York State Education Department on the importance of thinking strategically about the use of the recently approved federal stimulus funds.

Advocacy Update: Governor Signs School Absentee Ballot Legislation

April 27, 2021

Yesterday evening, Governor Cuomo signed S.5545 (Mayer)/A.6475 (Bronson) into law as Chapter 60. The legislation, which takes effect immediately, officially includes COVID-19 under the definition of illness for the purposes of requesting and receiving an absentee ballot for school district and BOCES elections.

Advocacy Alert: Take Action to restore the SALT deduction

April 26,2021

Congress has the opportunity to consider the repeal of the federal cap that was placed on the tax deduction for state and local taxes (SALT) in 2017.

The limit imposed on the SALT deduction has jeopardized access to essential public services.

Advocacy Update: NYSSBA 2021 Enacted Budget Webinar

April 16, 2021

On Wednesday, April 14th, the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team conducted their Annual  State Budget Analysis webinar presentation, followed by a question and answer session.

Advocacy Update: 2021-22 Enacted State Budget Analysis

April 9, 2021

Shortly before midnight on Wednesday, the state Assembly passed its final budget bills, officially completing the legislature's work on the 2021-22 state budget. The final budget includes record levels of state aid and other notable success.

Advocacy Alert: State Aid Runs

April 6, 2021

Following the printing of the Aid to Localities appropriations budget bill this evening, the state posted the 2021-22 School Aid Runs, detailing district specific aid allocations. As you will see, stimulus allocations from both the December 2020 CRRSA Act and the March 2021 ARP Act are listed as separate below-the-line allocations, representative of their one-time nature.

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