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September 12, 2016
Governor Signs Lead Testing Bill
On September 6th, Governor Cuomo signed Chapter 296 (S.8158, O'Mara / A.10740, Lupardo) requiring public school districts and boards of cooperative educational services to conduct testing of school potable water sources for lead contamination.
The New York State Department of Health filed emergency regulations on the same day providing the specific guidelines for implementation.
September 2, 2016
Below is the link to the 2016 Proposed Bylaw Amendments & Resolutions Book.
This book contains information needed to prepare for the 2016 Annual Business Meeting, including:
August 30, 2016
Like the alternative exemption, this exemption is offered at district option, after adoption of a board resolution. The new law provides no funding or reimbursement from the state for those districts who offer the exemption. Throughout the year, NYSSBA aggressively pushed legislators and the Governor’s office to amend the proposal to make the state fiscally responsible for subsidizing exemptions they initiate.
August 1, 2016
July 13, 2016
July 1, 2016
USED and HHS Releases Guidance on Students in Foster Care
Last week the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services released joint non-regulatory guidance relating to educating students in foster care. This nonbinding guidance is intended to assist school districts meeting their obligations under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which was recently reauthorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act. The foster care provisions of this Act take effect on December 10, 2016. This guidance can be viewed below.
June 23, 2016
Earlier today, the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team conducted a webinar discussing the end of the 2016 legislative session and how your school district could be impacted.
We discussed what bills state lawmakers passed, what bills they did not, and what business was left unfinished. Highlights of the discussion included:
June 18, 2016
Early this morning (5:00 am in the Assembly, 4:00 am for the Senate) the legislature gaveled out for what was the close of the 2016 legislative session.
NYSSBA’s Governmental Relations team was there until the end as we saw action on a number of significant issues for school districts across New York. Over the next several days, we will conduct a thorough analysis of the actions of the legislature, but highlights of some key issues are below:
June 17, 2016
Late last night a new proposal emerged that would require all districts state wide to comply with numerous new reporting requirements, including the development and provision of extensive building level budget data.
Please call your legislators immediately and tell them that districts already have a clear and transparent budget process, including school report cards, property tax report cards and a host of other financial reports.
June 13, 2016
Assembly Education Chair Catherine Nolan (D-Queens) and Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) and 90 of their colleagues have introduced legislation (A.10569) that would amend current law to allow districts to operate under approved Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) plans that are compliant with either section 3012-d, adopted in 2015, or 3012-c. Under current law, districts that do not have an approved 3012-d plan in place by September 1, 2016 risk losing their 2015-16 and 2016-17 state aid increases. If adopted, this legislation would allow districts to continue to operate under 3012-c until September 1, 2019 and maintain their aid increases. This legislation has been introduced in the Senate by Senator Kaminsky (S.8034).
NYSSBA has called for this kind of flexibility throughout the legislative session and will continue to advocate for this legislation through the final days. Urge the legislature to advance this important legislation immediately.
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