Advocacy For Our Schools
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Join Us in Advocating for Public School Funding!
Dear Croton-Harmon School District Community,
We are writing to ask everyone in the Croton-Harmon educational community to join the Board of Education, administration and other Westchester/Putnam school districts in advocating with state legislators to protect critical funding for New York State Public Schools.
Over the next week, the New York State legislature will be finalizing details of its 2021-22 budget. It is an important time for them to hear from constituents about educational priorities.
To expedite this process, the Westchester Putnam School Boards Association (WPSBA) and the Lower Hudson Education Coalition (LHEC) of district superintendents have collaborated on a Voter Voice letter template, “NYS Public Education Funding,” that is simple to personalize and send to your elected officials.
At our March 11, 2021 meeting, the Board addressed public school funding by passing a resolution that was sent to our state representatives and key legislators working on the state's education budget.
NY Schools have been enduring a fiscal crisis brought about by the need to spend millions of dollars for unanticipated pandemic expenses while simultaneously losing millions in revenue because of the pandemic's effects on the economy. Here in Croton-Harmon, it is estimated that the pandemic has cost our district $600,000 in increased operating expenses, as well as lost revenue from county sales tax, investment income, and rental fees from outside organizations utilizing district facilities.
This budget cycle, NY State has proposed a series of technical initiatives that will chip away school funding, in some cases permanently, at a time when schools, students, families and staff are especially vulnerable and need additional support.
For those who wish to have a more detailed overview of these initiatives, we've included a link to a six-page graphic developed by WPSBA in an attempt to give clarity. Professional legislative advocates working for the New York State School Board Association have described this as the most complicated school budget they have ever encountered.
Members of the Board Advocacy Committee recently met with State Senator Peter Harckham and Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, along with representatives from other constituent districts as organized by WPSBA, to advocate for appropriate levels of funding for our district. Both expressed that having numerous members of the public weigh in to support school funding would be essential to their success in defending it.
For more information, or to share ideas about advocating for public school funding, please contact the Croton-Harmon Board Advocacy Committee team:
Andrea Furey (chair), firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Carrier, email@example.com
Neal Haber, firstname.lastname@example.org
We are grateful that Croton-Harmon is a community that so strongly supports education. Thank you for considering this advocacy initiative. Please also consider reaching out to your Croton-Harmon friends and neighbors and ask them to join you in this action.
Croton-Harmon Board Advocacy Committee
Advocacy Issues, Positions, and Resources
State and Federal Contact Information
New York State Assembly
- #95 Dana Levenberg
New York State Senate
- #40 Peter Harkham
Other useful resources:
WPSBA list of State Legislators, Regents, and State Government Officials and direct links to their websites.
Board of Education Legislative Affairs, Letters, and Resolutions
Resolution to Update COVID Protocols based on Clear Metrics 2-17-22
Resolution Regarding New York State Funding of Public Education 2021-2022 - 3/11/21
Resolution on Appointment of a Public School Educator as Secretary of Education
Resolution New York State Support for Mandated COVID-19 Surveillance Testing
Resolution Transportation Aid During Pandemic
School Support - CHUFSD 05-7-2020
Res. Re BoE Commitment to Equitable and Safe Schools
Special Education Extended School Year Recommendation
NYSSBA State Budget Letter 3-22-19
Traffic Calming Measures Resolution 12-6-2018
CHUFSD 2018 Code of Conduct Resolution
CHUFSD 2018 NYS Executive Budget Shifts Costs to Local Taxpayer
CHUFSD 2018 School Safety Resolution
CHUFSD 2018 TRS Reserve Fund Resolution
NY Senate Bill S08135
2015 APPR Implementation
GAP Elimination Adjustment
Mandatory Field Testing
Reform Governor Cuomo’s 2015 Education Opportunity Agenda