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Call to Action: Urge Congress to Invest in Public Education

April 25, 2017

Members of Congress return to Capitol Hill this week with the priority of passing an appropriations bill to fund federal programs, including education, for the remainder of the 2017 fiscal year. Congress has four days to pass legislation to ensure federal investments in education continue uninterrupted, as the current funding measure expires on April 28. This is the time to contact your Members of Congress and urge them to pass an appropriations bill that prioritizes $35 billion in investments for education programs that support our nation's 50 million public school students.

2017 NYSSBA Resolution Kit

April 24, 2017

Dear NYSSBA Member:

Below you will find a link to NYSSBA's 2017 Resolution Kit. This kit includes key dates and other important information about NYSSBA's resolutions process.  

The resolution process is an important one, by which NYSSBA members have the opportunity to set the positions and beliefs of the Association. Your participation provides guidance to the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team.

Advocacy Alert: NYSSBA 2017 State Budget Analysis

April 12, 2017

Earlier today the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team conducted a webinar to present their analysis of the 2017 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: Additional Details on the 2017-18 Budget Deal

April 10, 2017

Additional Details on the 2017-18 Budget Deal

Last night, the Senate passed the outstanding budget bills, which the Assembly completed on Saturday. In the end, this year's education funding package includes:

  • $700 million in additional Foundation Aid
    • $50 million in additional Foundation Aid will be set aside to create and expand Community Schools
  • $295 million to fully fund expense-based aids

Advocacy Alert: School Aid Runs and Final Budget Announcement

April 8, 2017

Last night, just before 9:00 pm, Governor Cuomo announced that he had come to an agreement with legislative leaders on a final budget.

Details were scarce in the announcement but we did learn that the final arrangement includes:

  • $1.1 billion in funding for education, including a $700 million increase in Foundation Aid
  • Changes to how charter schools are funded

Advocacy Update: Legislature Passes a State Budget Extender

April 3, 2017

With the end of the weekend "grace period" for budget negotiations, and no final budget agreement, the Executive advanced, and the Legislature adopted a state budget extender funding operations, including school aid, through May 31st.

While other policy areas experienced changes as a result of the extender, the education section of the extender was a fairly straightforward, providing the state with the funding and spending authority needed to make payments to school districts for the next two months.

Advocacy Update – April 1 Arrives with No Budget Deal

April 1, 2017

Midnight came and went last night, March 31st, with no announcement of a budget deal, or adoption of any bills or extenders. Though the state fiscal year officially ended last night, because of the weekend, budget experts said there would be no immediate issue. The Governor released a statement indicating he would wait until Monday to see if a deal could be reached, before introducing a budget extender.

In the event an extender is introduced, is it unclear what would be included or for how long it would last.

Advocacy Update: Urgent Call to Action

March 30, 2017

As we enter the final planned day of budget negotiations, Friday, March 31st, issues related to the charter school industry continue to be a sticking point in the final agreement. 

One of the key issues up for debate is a proposal made by the Executive and the Senate to unfreeze charter school tuition payments, which would increase the payments made by the public school districts with students attending these schools.

Advocacy Update: House Cancels Vote on Obamacare Repeal

March 28, 2017

Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives cancelled the vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The bill was reported to have been pulled because there were not enough votes for it to be passed. Despite direct advocacy by President Trump, many members did not come to an agreement on the best approach to repeal and replace sections of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also called Obamacare.

As previously reported, the bill includes changes to the ACA, but most significantly, the bill would have modified how the federal government would distribute Medicaid dollars.

Call to Action: Oppose Medicaid Cuts to School Districts and Students

March 22, 2017

This Thursday, March 23rd, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the bill proposed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or "Obamacare." Among the proposed changes, the bill would dramatically change the way states receive Medicaid funds by imposing a cap. Public school districts provide health care services to their students, such as:

  • speech-language pathology
  • occupational and physical therapy
  • mental and behavioral health services
  • vision and hearing screenings
  • diabetes and asthma management 
  • wheelchairs
  • hearing aids

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