December 13, 2019
On Monday, the Board of Regents released their 2020-21 School Aid proposal. The Regents recommended a school aid increase of $2.0 billion, or 7%, over current year funding levels.
November 12, 2019
The past couple weeks have seen multiple pieces of NYSSBA supported legislation signed into law by the Governor.
In late October, S.3972 (Harckham)/A.218 (Paulin) became Chapter 421 of the Laws of 2019.
October 29, 2019
Delegates at the 2019 Annual Business Meeting engaged in significant debate on a number of issues. This year, the delegates were presented twenty- six resolutions and one bylaw amendment. Of those, 21 resolutions and one bylaw amendment nineteen were adopted; and one resolutions was tabled for consideration next year. In addition the delegates elected NYSSBA officers for 2020.
October 10, 2019
DOH and SED Issue Additional FAQ Guidance on Student Immunizations
The State Department of Health and the State Education Department have jointly issued an additional 'Frequently Asked Questions' (FAQ) on student immunizations. The document answers recent questions on the 14 day vaccine requirement.
September 27, 2019
NYSSBA Annual Business Meeting
Below you will find a link to the 2019 Voting Delegates' Guide for the Annual Business Meeting. This guide contains the report of the Resolutions Committee as well as amendments and rebuttals received by the September 20 deadline.
September 25, 2019
Senate to Hold Meetings on Foundation Aid
The Senate Majority has announced that the Senate Education Committee and the Senate Committee on Budget and Revenues will hold a series of roundtables and a public hearing on Foundation Aid. Specifically, these events are to hear from stakeholders regarding the factors used to calculate and distribute Foundation Aid. Senator Shelley Mayer, Chair of the Senate Education Committee, will lead these hearings in partnership with Senator Brian Benjamin, Chair of the Senate Committee on Budget and Revenues.
September 18, 2019
Yesterday, the New York State Senate held a public hearing on broadband access in NYS. NYSSBA provided testimony at this well attended hearing, focusing on the importance of improved broadband access to support education, especially in underserved rural areas. NYSSBA's testimony can be accessed at the link below:
August 28, 2019
Below is the link to the 2019 Proposed Bylaw Amendments & Resolutions Book.
This book contains information needed to prepare for the 2019 Annual Business Meeting, including:
August 20, 2019
Last week, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) released emergency regulations intended to strengthen the approval process for issuing medical exemptions for immunizations required to attend school. These regulations provide specific, evidence based guidance and required that a form outlining the specific medical reasons for the exemption be filled out and submitted to DOH annually.
In addition, the DOH, along with the State Education Department (SED) and Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), have issued a third frequently asked question (FAQ) document with information on immunizations for students with disabilities, home schooled students and applicability for pre-school students.
July 30, 2019
As Congress prepares to leave Washington for the 2019 in-district work period, leaders appear to have reached an agreement with the White House on a two-year budget plan. The plan will provide an aggregate $57 billion increase for non-defense programs, including education, for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. The Senate is expected to approve the deal this week.
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