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2015 Annual Business Meeting Summary

October 23, 2015

Delegates at the 2015 Annual Business Meeting engaged in significant debate on a number of issues. In addition to the election of officers, the delegates took action on twenty-seven proposals. At the end of the meeting three existing positions were extended, two changes were made to the by-laws, and sixteen new positions were adopted.

These positions will remain in effect as a part of the Association’s active program for five years, unless they are rescinded or achieved sooner. As a result, the NYSSBA governmental relations team will work toward advancing proposals that would implement these policy changes.

State Education Department Calls for Common Core Learning Standards Review

October 14, 2015

State Education Department Announces Common Core Learning Standards Review

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia has announced the State Education Department plans to engage in a statewide review of the Common Core Learning Standards. NYSSBA supported legislation that called for such a comprehensive review at the end of the legislative session. 

On Wednesday, October 21st, SED will release an online review tool. School board members, administrators, educators, parents and all members of the public will have the opportunity to review each standard and comment. When the review is released, NYSSBA will distribute it and we encourage everyone to comment, and share in their community. 

Advocacy Alert - 2015 Voting Delegate Guide for the Annual Business Meeting

September 18, 2015

Below you will find a link to the 2015 Voting Delegate Guide for the Annual Business Meeting.  This book contains the report of the resolutions committee as well as amendments and rebuttals.

These amendments must be moved and seconded from the floor to be considered.  This year, we received a total of four amendments and nine rebuttals.

Advocacy Alert - 2015 Proposed Bylaw Amendments & Resolutions Book

August 24, 2015

Dear Member:

Below is the link to view the 2015 Proposed Bylaw Amendments & Resolutions Book.

This book contains information needed to prepare for the 2015 Annual Business Meeting, including:

  • The Order of Business.
  • The Report of the Resolutions Committee.
  • Rules of Conduct for the Business Meeting.
  • Instructions for the Submission of Amendments and Rebuttals.

Advocacy Alert - Federal Issues Update

August 8, 2015

Federal Issues Update

This week, the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team, in partnership with the NSBA Director of Federal Legislation Deborah Rigsby, conducted a webinar briefing on key issues under consideration by the 114th Congress. Highlights of the discussion include:

  • Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization
  • Federal Funding
  • Local Governance and Authority
  • School Nutrition and the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

If you were unable to view the event live, you can watch the webinar or review the power point at the links below:

Advocacy Alert: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization Update; August Webinar

July 29, 2015

On July 16th the U.S. Senate voted on and passed S. 1177, the bipartisan Every Child Achieves Act, to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) by a roll call vote of 81-17.  Vouchers and tuition tax credits to non-public schools were not included in the Senate bill.  Thanks to the efforts of Senator Schumer, the Senate rejected an attempt to amend the Title I program which would have cost New York schools more than $300 million. NYSSBA joined Schumer in his fight against the changes to the existing federal funding formula; click below to read the release.

Call To Action - Oppose Private School Vouchers

July 10, 2015

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) shared the following alert and asked us to share it with our membership.

Please take action on this important issue.

If you have any questions, please contact NYSSBA Governmental Relations at 518-783-0200.

Next week, the Senate will continue consideration of S.1177, the Every Child Achieves Act, to renew the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  As action continues, we need to prevent approval of amendments that could redirect valuable resources away from our nation’s public schools. One voucher amendment has already been offered (and soundly defeated). We anticipate that more amendments on vouchers, tuition tax credits for non-public schools, Title I portability or other measures will be offered as early as Monday, July 13. Therefore, we need your help: Urge your Senators to support public education and oppose any attempts to send public funds to private schools.

Advocacy Alert - 2015 Legislative Wrap Up

July 2, 2015

Yesterday, the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team conducted a webinar discussing the end of the 2015 legislative session how your school districts could be affected.

We discussed what bills state lawmakers passed, what bills they did not, and what business was left unfinished. Highlights of the discussion included:

Advocacy Alert - Senate Bullet Aid

June 26, 2015

Late last night the Senate passed Resolution No. 3050, which allocates more than $15 million to dozens of school districts, libraries and not-for-profit organizations for  fiscal year 2015-16. This funding, commonly referred to a “bullet aid,” is in addition to the state aid amounts approved as part of this year’s budget and does not flow through traditional state aid formulas.

To find a listing of this year’s Senate “bullet aid” list, please click below:

Advocacy Alert - End of Session Deal Released

June 25, 2015

The 2015 regular session ended in a way that was reminiscent of the session overall- a mix of good and bad outcomes. NYSSBA secured some victories and suffered some defeats.

As is usually the case at the end of session, we measure our successes as much by looking to the policies that could have been enacted and did not, as those which were.

Final bills are scheduled to be voted on tonight. NYSSBA’s Governmental Relations team will provide you with a complete legislative wrap up next week, through a video webinar and a written summary. Register below and NYSSBA staff will send details!

Education Investment Tax Credit

The final deal did NOT include a tax credit or deduction to support private school tuition. NYSSBA opposed the creation of such a program.

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