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ECASB’s 2015-16 advocacy priorities are APPR and FAIR FUNDING for EDUCATION, including Gap Elimination Adjustment, Foundation Aid, mandate relief and Tax Levy Cap reform.

Here’s how to contact your legislators.

ECASB’s 2015-16 advocacy priorities:

APPR (Annual Professional Performance Review)

ECASB Calls on Regents to Urge Legislative Action on APPR (3012-d) Moratorium … The Legislative Team of the Erie County Association of School Boards  by unanimous vote approved a letter urging the Board of Regents to call for legislative action to enact a moratorium of at least one year before permanent implementation of the new APPR evaluation regulations. Read the letter here. Sign the petition at change.org here.

ECASB Superintendent says Albany must provide leadership to implement Common Core Standards.
Read about it here.

Erie-Niagara School Superintendents’ Association develops Resolution on Common Core.

ECASB District Resolutions re NYS Assessments: Kenton School District  || Springville GI School District ||
Springville GI resolution opposing mandatory participation in stand alone field testing

Fair Funding for Education

Commentary by Alan Bedenko… “Buffalo News to Public School Students: Drop Dead”

ECASB Response

Buffalo News tax cap editoral

1) Gap Elimination Adjustment

State of Schools Report on $482 Million GEA Loss to ECASB School Districts
Video on What is the GEA

David Little “Fund Schools Fairly” Video Clips … Below are video clips from David Little’s presentation at our Fund Schools Fairly Rally, on March 12. Full Video Rally runs in just under 8 minutes, the others are excerpts.
Full Video Rally || A Bizarre Law || Brunch With the Stars || On Our Leaders ||On the Backs of Local Taxpayers || Red State Blue State  }} Reduction of Funding || Worst Distribution

Letter to Sen. Marc Panepinto from Jill O’Malley, KenTon BOE

Several members of the WNY Delegation met with representatives from ECASB member districts to voice their support to stop the GEA and its annual draining of school funds. Senator Ranzenhofer  sent this letter to Gov. Cuomo, urging him to end the GEA in his budget proposal.

2) Foundation Aid

“The current Foundation Aid formula has never come true, never been actually funded, and annually falls farther from the reality of its own goals of equity, transparency and predictability” … READ MORE ABOUT  The Problem with Foundation Aid. More information is at www.statewideonline.org.

3) Mandate Relief

Hamburg Board of Education VP article re mandates driving school costs published in Buffalo News. Read it here.
What Drives Costs … The heavy hitting costs of public education are in the mandates and laws of New York State. READ MORE ABOUT What Drives Costs

4) Tax Levy Cap Reform

“The real reason local taxpayers are being sucked dry”
“… the tax cap is a bad idea unless it’s wedded to relief from state mandates – the real reason local taxpayers are being sucked dry.” – Syracuse Post-Standard, 5/23/11

In most school districts, state-mandated pension cost increases alone will be higher than the amount allowed under the 2% tax cap being proposed for schools.

A tax cap is not the answer to controlling school costs, said Kathyann Lorka, accountant and former member of the East Aurora Board of Education.  Read her “Another Voice” article in the Buffalo News.

READ MORE ABOUT The real reason local taxpayers are being sucked dry

Here’s how to contact your legislators.