Advocacy Outreach Committee

Message Board

Governor Cuomo Bans E-Cigarettes in Schools
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation (S.750 / A.611), which will immediately ban the use of electronic cigarettes on all public and private school grounds in New York State.

"Nicotine use in any form has shown to be damaging to teens and this measure will close a dangerous loophole that allows e-cigarettes to be used in New York schools," Governor Cuomo said. "This measure will further this administration's efforts to combat teen smoking in all its forms and help create a stronger, healthier New York for all."   Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation to Ban the Use of E-Cigarettes In Schools link

 New York State Board of Association Memorandum of SUPPORT
Join NYSSBA in supporting this important legislation (S.4283, Murphy/A.5965, Galef), read the information below.

S.4283 (Murphy) / A.5965 (Galef) An act to amend the education law, in relation to exempting BOCES capital expenditures from limitations upon local school district tax levies

The New York State School Boards Association strongly supports the
above referenced legislation and urges its immediate enactment.

This bill would make a targeted adjustment to the property tax cap law originally enacted in 2011 by incorporating a school district’s BOCES capital expenditures as part of its capital exclusion.

Under current law, a school district is required to exclude the local share of expenses related to construction (debt service and capital outlay) from the tax levy limit portion of their tax cap calculation. This exclusion recognizes the necessity to provide facilities and the fact that voters have already approved these expenses. However, the state’s interpretation of the capital exclusion was  that it does not include a school district’s capital costs related to BOCES facilities. Because BOCES do not generate their own state aid or levy their own taxes, they are wholly dependent upon their respective component districts to fund the construction of facilities.

BOCES encourage efficiencies in program delivery and administrative operations through the use of shared services, reaching nearly 100,000 students statewide each day. By not allowing such BOCES capital expenses to be part of a school district’s capital exclusion, it has acted as a disincentive to school districts from investing and participating in these shared services.

To address this issue, language was adopted at the end of 2015 (Chapter 20) that would make this adjustment to the capital exclusion calculation. This change was designed to support our school districts and BOCES and the critical role they play in our communities, while continuing to ensure that property taxpayers remained protected against large growth in their property tax bills. The language stated that the Commissioner of Taxation and Finance shall, “as appropriate,” issue rules and regulations which “may” exclude the local portion of a school district’s BOCES capital costs from the tax cap calculation. Since then, we have learned that the Department has not issued any such regulations and does not anticipate doing so in the near future, if at all. This new bill addresses the current situation by removing the Department of Taxation and Finance language added under Chapter 20 and makes clear that the BOCES capital exclusion shall be counted as part of a school district’s capital exclusion.

Therefore, NYSSBA strongly supports the above referenced legislation and urges your approval. For additional information, please contact NYSSBA Governmental Relations at 518-783-0200.

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Members of the Lakeland Advocacy Outreach Committee met last week with NY State Senator TerrenceMembers of the Lakeland Advocacy Outreach Committee Murphy in his Yorktown office to discuss a variety of state issues affecting education and the District. Board of Education Vice President Denise Kness, committee member Keri Fiore, and Superintendent Dr. George Stone were joined at the meeting by Brian Fessler, New York State School Boards Association Senior Governmental
Relations Representative.

New York State School Boards Holds Annual Convention; 
Statewide School Board Members to Consider Positions on Issues (10/25/2016)

The New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) has adopted position statements on these issues to be considered during their annual convention (Oct. 28-30) . These statements are introduced by member boards of education or the NYSSBA Board of Directors. Each fall during the Association’s Annual Business Meeting, the voting delegates adopt these official positions, which lay the foundation for the Association’s advocacy agenda and priority actions.

The position statements direct the Association to advocate either for or against a wide variety of legislative and regulatory issues at both the state and federal level. In addition, some of the position statements are statements of belief and therefore do not call for action. You can review the complete positions at the following.

Board of Regents plans new timeline for revising Common Core; State eyes 2018-2019 for new testing standards

New York hopes to test students on revised learning standards starting in the 2018-19 school year, following a multi-year review and revision of its controversial Common Core program, according to a timeline the state Board of Regents discussed Monday.  To read more about this, click on either of the following two links.
But state education officials, including Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, were adamant that the timeline be flexible enough so that if districts need more time to implement the changes, they get it. The goal, they said, is to avoid the backlash that resulted the first time around from "rushing" through new standards and curriculum. 
A Guide To Legislative Advocacy in New York State 
A series of informative workshops took place at the recent New York State School Boards Association's annual convention. One of those was ADVOCACY 101: A Guide to Legislative Advocacy in New York State. This informative presentation looks at who the top representatives in state government are, the process used in developing legislation, and the role of advocacy.  View the entire presentation link

  • For updated information on New York State School Boards Association 2015 Legislative Platformclick here.