The Council exists for one purpose – to help school superintendents and its other members succeed. Policies adopted in Albany or Washington can shift the odds either for or against success for our members and the schools they help lead. So advocacy – for members, with members, and by members – is one cornerstone in building toward success. In past roles, staff members helped negotiate School Aid and other legislation for the Assembly, Senate and Governor and retain extensive contacts with policy makers. Now that expertise is employed in advocating on behalf of schools, and to support superintendents in their own advocacy on behalf of the communities they serve. That expertise is never more valuable to school leaders than when the economy falters and governments’ capacity to deliver funding diminishes.
The Council’s advocacy staff constantly strives to give members the most accurate and timely information possible on developments affecting school funding and policy, both in Albany and in Washington, both to help influence decisions before they are settled by policymakers, and to interpret them once they are enacted into law.
The Council’s advocacy staff also helps superintendents and other members resolve issues with state agencies, and to avoid actions that can lead to problems with regulatory authorities.
State Legislative and Budget Issues
- Highlights of the Enacted 2015-16 State Budget for Education
- More Than A Score: Ideas for a better teacher evaluation system
- 2015-16 State Budget Outlook: Policy and Politics
- Council Testimony: 2015-16 Executive Budget and the Schools
- School districts were holding down property tax increases before the tax cap, despite cuts and freezes to state aid
- State Budget Projections -- October 2014
- Coalition Memo in Opposition to Education Investment Tax Credits
- 2014 School Budget Vote Highlights
- ECB: Oppose Building Aid for Charter Schools
State Regulatory Issues
- 2015 Council Winter Institute: Keynote by Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch
- ECB Calls for Changes to Property Tax Cap
- Council Survey -- Impact of APPR
- Personal reflections on Mario Cuomo
- One chart that explains a lot about school finance
- Advocacy Makes a Difference
- Districts which have not submitted 2014 APPR certification froms as of August 26, 2014
- Smart Schools Bond Act Legislation
- ECB: Accelerate end of GEA, increase Foundation Aid, eliminate backlog in aid claims owed to schools
- State Budget Projections -- August 2014