Governor’s Executive Order on Prepayment of Taxes – Implications for School Districts

Governor Cuomo signed Executive Order No. 172 (“Executive Order”) allowing the pre-payment of 2018 property taxes by December 31, 2017 in response to the new federal limitation on the deductibility of state and local taxes. Notwithstanding the Executive Order, it remains unclear whether the Internal Revenue Service will permit tax deductions of pre-paid […]

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Non-Participation in the National Anthem

In light of the various forms of public protest recently taken across the country by professional athletes and sports team owners, many administrators and board members have asked whether similar conduct is permissible at school – specifically, whether students and staff have the right to kneel or sit as a form of political protest […]

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Updated SED Guidance re State Aid 180 Day Requirement

On April 5, 2017, the State Education Department (“SED”) updated its guidance regarding session days, the school calendar, and the reporting of attendance data for State Aid purposes. While the update does not substantively change existing guidance, it appears to convey an intent to strictly enforce certain requirements moving forward. This change is evidenced […]

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Update Regarding Undocumented Students in Public Schools and DASA

On February 27, 2017, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and SED Commissioner MaryEllen Elia issued a joint press release highlighting their new guidance letter concerning the rights of undocumented students.  The guidance letter, available here http://www.nysed.gov/common/nysed/files/oag-sed-letter-ice-2-27-17.pdf, reminds school districts of the current state of the law governing […]

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Update Regarding Transgender Guidance

On Wednesday, February 22, 2017, The U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the U.S. Department of Education (“DOE”) issued a “Dear Colleague” letter that withdrew two prior statements of policy and guidance regarding a school district’s obligations towards transgender students. In response, the New York State Office of the Attorney General (“OAG”) and […]

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Amendment to Education Law Regarding Reserve Funds

On December 31, 2016, the Governor signed into law a bill that amends the Education Law, in relation to requiring notice of reserve funds and reserves funded by resolution and to require that each school district post on its website, if any, a final annual budget and any multi-year financial plan adopted by the […]

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Cold War Veterans Tax Exemption

Recently, New York Real Property Tax Law (“RPTL”) Section 458-b was amended to authorize school districts to grant certain partial tax exemptions from school district real property taxes for Cold War veterans and certain qualifying family members. Guercio & Guercio, LLP clients may view full memorandum in the Client Portal

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New Requirements under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

In December 2015, the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (“McKinney-Vento”) was reauthorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act (“ESSA”). ESSA made several changes to McKinney-Vento including new requirements for school districts that took effect on October 1, 2016. These changes are intended to ensure that homeless children and youth have access to public […]

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Mandatory Lead Testing of School Drinking Water

On September 6, 2016, Governor Cuomo signed into law a bill passed by the State Legislature in June requiring school districts and BOCES to periodically test the drinking water in their occupied school buildings for lead contamination and report the results (Ch. 296 of the Laws of 2016, which adds a new section 1110 […]

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Academic Intervention Services (AIS) Regulation Update

Effective July 27, 2016, the Board of Regents amended 8 NYCRR § 100.2(ee) regarding the manner in which students in grades 3-8 are chosen to receive Academic Intervention Services (AIS). The procedures for students in grades K-2 and 9-12 remain unchanged.

The amendments provide for a two-step process: (1) reviewing State assessment scores in […]

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