SUPPORT MANDATE RELIEF
Public school districts have faced very challenging budget seasons over the past few years, and the trend is not stopping. The cost of doing business continues to rise, while unfunded or underfunded state mandates make it difficult for school districts to rein in costs and close serious budget gaps. During the Queensbury community forums to discuss the 2011-12 budget many community members raised questions about mandates and what can be done to change them.
One step is the establishment of Governor Cuomo’s Mandate Relief Redesign Team, charged with reviewing unfunded and underfunded mandates and looking for ways to reduce the costs associated with them. The following links will give you more information about these efforts:
The New York State School Board Association has also been active in looking for solutions to the current budget situation and prepared a Four-Point Plan suggesting ways to "absorb state aid reductions without laying off teachers, cutting programs or harming students" that was submitted to Governor Cuomo on February 22, 2011:
New November 1, 2011: A coalition of education, local government, business groups unveiled a six-piece plan for significant mandate relief.
The partners are The New York State Council of School Superintendents, the New York State School Boards Association, the New York State Conference of Mayors, the Associated General Contractors of New York State (AGC), the Business Council of New York State, Inc. (BCNYS), Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York (LRANY), National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), New York Farm Bureau (NYFB), New York State Association of Realtors (NYSAR), Unshackle Upstate (UU), the Westchester County Association (WCA).