The following provides a brief summary of budgetary items that have been passed by the NYS legislature. The summary is a selection of items that may be most pertinent to SAANYS members, although there are a multitude of items that may be of periphery interest.
Items Pertinent to State Aid
- $27.9 billion allocated for state aid
- $618 million increase in Foundation Aid. This increase is the same as last year’s increase.
- Tax Cap – 2% permanent cap
- BOCES DS salary cap raised to 98% of Commissioner’s salary
- Expense-based aids remain as actual cost reimbursement – did not become a collapsed formula based on base year costs and a percentage on that base.
Items Pertinent to Districts
- $3 million for alternative discipline grants to districts with high suspension or exclusion rates
- $151 million for charter school reimbursement to school districts
- $1.5 million for student mental health need grants – through SED (mental health centers, training, anti-bullying programs, school climate surveys, school/family engagement resources)
- Districts may establish reserve funds for teacher retirement system.
- Piggy back contracts for transportation of shared routes.
- Districts can contract with a third party for the installation, administration, operation, notice of processing and maintenance of school bus cameras. May share revenues.
- Maintains equity plans-primarily an expanded reporting requirement. Local authority to distribute funding to schools retained.
- $280,000 for school bus driver training to school districts and BOCES.
- Districts must conduct building condition surveys every 5 years. SED must establish regulations and a staggered implementation of districts who must conduct the survey starting in 2020.
Items Pertinent to Principal /Teachers
- Extreme Risk Protection Act was included making principals or their designees as respondents for submitting a petition to prohibit the sales of guns and/or confiscate guns from persons thought to be in immediate danger of harming themselves or others.
- $3 million to address teacher shortage
- Teacher Corp stipends (up to $15,000) to recruit increased teacher diversity
- Every school must define roles and responsibilities of school personnel, security personnel, and law enforcement in response to student misconduct that violates the code of conduct.
Items Pertinent to Students/Programs
- $4 million for students in poverty to access AP and International Baccalaureate exams
- $500,000 for increasing access to advanced coursework
- $47 million expands after school programs
- $24 for extended day and school violence programs
- Dual enrollment in tuition-free college courses for high school students permitted
- $750,000 for farm-to-market programs
- Prekindergarten programs expanded -$15 million additional for programs to expand to full or half-day programs for three or four year olds.
- $340 million for full-day universal pre-kindergarten programs
- $21 million for extended learning grants in collaboration with CBOs.
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