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

By |October 31st, 2016|Legal Update|Comments Off on Cold War Veterans Tax Exemption

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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Revised Procedural Safeguard Notice of Rights for Parents of Children With Disabilities Ages 3-21

The New York State Education Department (“SED”) has revised the Procedural Safeguards Notice (“Notice”) for parents of students with disabilities (ages 3-21). According to SED, school districts must use the revised Notice, dated June 2016, effective immediately.  Guercio & Guercio clients may view full memorandum in the Client Portal.

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New Overtime Regulations

The United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) published a final rule (the “Final Rule”) updating the regulations implementing the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), which will automatically extend overtime pay eligibility to over 4 million workers effective December 1, 2016. The FLSA requires that most employees be paid at least the […]

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New Legislation Mandating Lead Testing

Before concluding the 2016 legislative session on June 18, 2016, State lawmakers passed a bill requiring public school districts and BOCES to periodically test the drinking water in their occupied school buildings for lead contamination and report the results. The State Departments of Health and Education will promulgate regulations with […]

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APPR – Anticipated Extension of State Aid Deadline to December 31, 2016

As you will recall, a contentious issue has remained unresolved regarding the “legality” of district contract provisions that provided compensation to employees who decline health insurance coverage offered through NYSHIP (Empire Plan). On May 15, 2012, NYSHIP adopted Rule 122r3 prohibiting municipalities and school districts participating in the Empire Plan from granting cash payments […]

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New Guidance on Title IX Protections for Transgender Students

On May 13, 2016, the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice jointly issued a Dear Colleague Letter on their interpretation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) and its implementing regulations as applied to transgender […]

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APPR Updates and Reminders

This week, the Board of Regents (“Regents”) adopted yet another set of changes to the regulations implementing the Annual Professional Performance Review (“APPR”) of classroom teachers and building principals.  At the Regents meeting, the regulatory amendments were described as “technical” changes designed to increase flexibility for districts as they shift to new […]

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