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Board of Ed. Advocacy
Saturday December 16, 2017
Welcome to the Harrison Central School District Advocacy page!  The information on this page is designed to connect you with our elected officials and to provide you with up-to-date information about the legislative issues impacting public education.

Public education has been in the forefront of our national political conversation in recent months and the Board remains concerned about the challenges facing public education at the state and national level.  Of greatest concern are the increasing calls for taking public tax dollars away from public schools through tax credits, vouchers and charter schools.   These threats, together with the unstable structure of the New York State tax levy cap, negatively impact the ability of local communities to determine how they want to educate their children, and limit the ability of local school boards to engage in sound long term fiscal and educational planning. 

Unfunded mandates in the form of increased regulations, multiple changes to teacher evaluations and increased student testing continue to place excessive costs on districts which ultimately must be paid by local taxpayers.  This burden on local taxpayers has been made worse by the $4.5 million in aid taken by the state between 2008 and 2015 to cover its budget shortfall (the “GEA”) which still has not been returned to taxpayers of Harrison to support our children.

The state budget is being negotiated in Albany among the Governor, the State Senate and the Assembly.  The Senate and Assembly both support more significant increases in state spending on education than the Governor.  We are asking community members to contact the Governor and our legislators, State Senator George Latimer and State Assemblyman David Buchwald, and ask them to support three important issues by:

1.   Modifying the current tax levy cap formula to be no lower than 2%, to allow for increases for growth in enrollment and mandated increases in services for English language learners, and to include PILOT agreements in the tax base growth factor.  These changes would allow local school districts to appropriately plan for the future while maintaining a tax levy cap of 2%.

2. Supporting an increase in state funding for education to the $2.1 billion requested by the State Board of Regents.

3.   Voting against any legislation that takes public tax dollars away from public schools and diverts those funds to private schools whether in the form of tax credits, vouchers, or an increase in funding for charter schools.

The Harrison community is a strong supporter of our schools and our children.  You demonstrated your confidence in our leadership by approving our Facilities Improvement Bond this past fall with more than 80% of voter support. We are excited to make improvements to our schools and grateful that your support will benefit our community and its children for years to come. 
 

Please utilize this page as a resource to learn about the issues and to make your voice heard.  Use the links to send letters to the Governor and our legislators prior to March 31, when the state budget is expected to be adopted. Please review the information under the tabs on the right side of this page to learn more about current issues. This is your opportunity to get involved.  Send your ideas and information to boeadvocacy@harrisoncsd.org.  We thank you for your time and interest and look forward to continuing to partner with you in support of our children.

 

Sincerely,
Kelly Mulvoy Mangan, President; Joan Tiburzi, Vice President;
Dennis DiLorenzo; Rachel Estroff; Placido Dino Puccio; Robert Sullivan; Lindy Wolverton

Harrison Board of Education

  Governor Andrew Cuomo
The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo

Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building Albany, NY 12224
Fax:(518)474-3767
Tel:(518)474-8390
Email: gov.cuomo@chamber.state.ny.us
Web: https://www.governor.ny.gov/

New York State Senator George Latimer
District Office

222 Grace Church Street Suite 300
Port Chester, NY 10573
(914) 934-5250

Albany Office
Legislative Office Building 615
Albany, NY 12247

(518) 455-2031
Email: latimer@nysenate.gov


New York State Assemblyman David Buchwald

District Office
125-131 East Main Street Suite 204
Mount Kisco, NY 10549
(914) 244-4450

Albany Office
Legislative Office Building 326
Albany, NY 12248

(518) 455-5397
Email: buchwaldd@assembly.state.ny.us