Tax Cap Impact





Thank you to those who attended the First Annual Statewide School Finance Consortium Conference. Nearly 300 people attended the two sessions – an outstanding turnout that demonstrated an intense commitment to our common cause of fiscal equity for all of New York’s public schools.

As discussed, the September Conference was arranged to serve as Part 1 in our effort to help you more fully prepare for the 2012 state legislative session and budget process. Part 2 will take place in November when our follow-up workshops will be held on November 14 at Oneida-Madison-Herkimer BOCES and November 16 at Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES.

Like the September conference, the November programs will be convened at two venues to provide assistance with travel and calendar considerations. We promise you an equally useful, fact-filled and compelling day – and attendance at the first conference is not required to join us in November.

Please SAVE THE DATE! We will soon provide further details on the conference.



Grassroots Advocacy Efforts Kicked Off in the Genesee Valley & Mohawk Sacandaga Regions – Join This Fight!


Saturday is usually a day to kick back, watch football and tackle DIY projects around the house. But school was in session on September 24 for leaders and supporters of public education in Genesee, Livingston and Wyoming Counties who are worried about the future of their children and communities.

“Our rural, low-property-wealth schools are facing unprecedented financial challenges,” explained Don Hobart, President of the Genesee Valley School Boards Association. “That’s why we took the unusual step of sponsoring a Saturday event at this busy time of the school year.”

 More than 60 superintendents, board of education members, school administrators, parent group leaders, community stakeholders and others spent Saturday morning in a Save Our Schools Rally and Advocacy Workshop at Pavilion High School.

Attendees heard from a panel of experts and received tools needed to help people be heard more effectively by their state legislative representatives and other important leaders on the critical issues that threaten the futures of their schools and students. The gathering also attracted significant local news coverage (see below).

This workshop followed a similar local rally in mid-August where 75 members and colleagues of the Mohawk Sacandaga School Boards Association gathered to address the mounting pressures on educators to improve student achievement and career readiness at a time of reduced funding and increased accountability. (Click here to read article.)    [Read full story]


Listen to Rick Timbs on Public Radio


Dr. Rick Timbs, Executive Director of the Statewide School Finance Consortium appeared on “The Capitol Pressroom’’ September 29 to discuss impacts that New York’s new property tax cap law will have on public schools, among other school finance issues.

“The Capitol Pressroom,’’ hosted by WCNY Capitol Correspondent Susan Arbetter, is a daily one-hour public radio news magazine broadcast from the State Capitol in Albany.

To listen to a podcast of the show click here.

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