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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.  


Advocacy Update: NYSSBA State Aid Database Update

April 11, 2019

NYSSBA Governmental Relations has completed the update to the district-by district state aid database to incorporate information about the 2019-20 final budget. To see where your district stands against the statutory formula, on a district-wide and per pupil basis, look up your district's information, as well as helpful information on state aid below.


NYSSBA 2019 Budget Webinar

April 5, 2019

Yesterday, the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team conducted a webinar to present their analysis of the 2019 State Budget and to answer questions.

If you were unable to view the webinar live, you may view it at any time at the link below.


Advocacy Update: Final Budget Analysis and Webinar

April 2, 2019

NYSSBA has compiled an analysis of the key points and appropriations included in and excluded from the final budget.

Join NYSSBA's Governmental Relations team on Thursday April 4th at 12:00pm to discuss this analysis and hear what is in (and out of) the 2019 State Budget and have your questions answered. Registration can be accessed below:


Advocacy Update: 2019 State Budget Details Emerge

April 1, 2019

2019 State Budget Details Emerge

Last night and into the early morning, the Houses acted upon a number of bills making up the bulk of the 2019 State Budget. Many of the proposals were not available fore review until late Sunday afternoon. Full analysis is underway, but some key components of interest to school districts include:

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