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As the remaining days of session wind down, action continues on many key issues. One key piece of legislation has passed the Assembly, A.7303-a, sponsored by Assembly Education Chair Cathy Nolan.
It has been an exciting week for education in Albany.
On Tuesday, the New York State Board of Regents convened a special meeting to appoint MaryEllen Elia as the new Commissioner of Education.
MaryEllen Elia is a lifelong educator, and native New Yorker beginning her career as a social studies teacher at Sweet Home High School outside of Buffalo. In 1986, she relocated to the Tampa, Florida, where she spent nearly 30 years in the Hillsborough County School system. More than 10 of those years were spend as the superintendent of Hillsborough County Public Schools, the 8th largest school district in the nation.
Ms. Elia, the first woman to hold a permanent appointment in this role, and will begin her term July 6th.
The race to the end of the legislative session is on! Each house of the Legislature and the Executive have laid out their priorities and activity in the Capitol has taken on a frenzied pace. In the days and weeks ahead, NYSSBA’s governmental relations team will be sharing updates, information and calls to action.
Today, we are excited to announce a new tool that allows for NYSSBA members to send messages to lawmakers within seconds. Engage (formerly CapWiz) will allow you to send letters directly to your elected officials on priority bills. We encourage you to take action and share these requests with anyone in your district.
Education Investment Tax Credit
Last week Governor Cuomo unveiled the Parental Choice in Education Act, the latest piece of legislation to create tax credits in support of non-public schools. This bill would provide millions of dollars each year in the form of state tax credits to support donations to scholarship organizations, education funds and other education entities, as well as to support tuition for private and other sectarian schools.
May 7, 2015
May 4, 2015
Learning Summit on Teacher and Principal Evaluation
The New York State Board of Regents, in conjunction with the New York State Education Department, will hold a Learning Summit on Teacher and Principal Evaluation this Thursday May 7, 2015, for the purposes of gaining valuable feedback from you and your organization regarding the Commissioner’s regulations that must be adopted in response to changes to the new teacher and principal evaluation system for New York State educators.
NYSSBA has been invited to participate. We were given 22 tickets to distribute statewide. Our delegation is composed of school board members from every area, the Big 5, BOCES, and the Caucus of Black School Board Members. NYSSBA Executive Director Tim Kremer, Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel Jay Worona and Director of Governmental Relations Julie Marlette will make a presentation on behalf of NYSSBA members that will address policy, regulatory and legislative recommendations for rebuilding the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) system correctly.
The summit will be live-streamed for your convenience. Instructions for accessing the live-stream signal will be posted on the NYSSBA website.
April 8, 2015
Last week the legislature enacted the 2015-16 State Budget which included the following:
March 31, 2015
Late last night, the legislature voted on the 2015-16 state budget enacting a $142 billion total spending plan with more than $23 billion in total education spending, a $1.3 billion formula aid increase over last year. The school aid growth includes $603 million in GEA restoration and $428 million in additional Foundation Aid. At first glance, it seems clear that many of the state aid distribution principles advocated for by NYSSBA were included in this year’s school aid package.
March 31, 2015
This afternoon, the New York State legislature released the 2015-16 district-by-district school aid runs, based on a budget agreement expected to be approved later today. While individual district figures will vary, total formula-based aid will increase by nearly $1.3 billion over current 2014-15 school year levels to $23.057 billion.
March 25, 2015
BUDGET NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE
The latest reports from state budget negotiations indicate that a proposal may be under consideration that would appoint a panel to restructure APPR – and report their findings back to the legislature by June 1.
ACTION – Call your legislators and the Governor’s office
March 12, 2015
Today the New York State Senate released their one house budget bills. These bills stake out the negotiating position for their house as budget conference committees begin. Formal negotiations are slated to begin as early as next week.
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