August 01, 2017 Impact of Half Days on Receipt of State Aid
KEEPING YOU INFORMED…
On May 8, 2017, we sent you a memo detailing the New York State Education Department’s then-recent guidance memo clarifying the impact of half days upon the 180 session days required to receive the full amount of State aid. As indicated in that memo, a copy of which is attached, it was expected that the Department would issue an updated guidance memo addressing enforcement issues relating to the impact of half days upon the 180-day requirement. The Department has now issued new enforcement guidance, which is available at: https://stateaid.nysed.gov/attendance/school_calendar?update.htm and a copy is attached.
The enforcement guidance indicates that the Department will not enforce its April 2017 half days memo during either the 2016-2017 or 2017-2018 school years. As a result, school districts should continue to abide by pre-2017 guidance and practice. This Fall, the Department will convene an Advisory Committee to review the existing 180-day requirement for the purpose of making proposals to update the regulations and guidance. It is expected that the Advisory Committee’s recommendations will be acted upon with an eye toward implementation for the 2018-2019 school year.
If you have any questions regarding the Department’s recent guidance, please contact Matthew J. Mehnert or one of our other attorneys by calling (631) 694-2300.
THIS MEMORANDUM IS MEANT TO ASSIST IN GENERAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE CURRENT LAW. IT IS NOT TO BE REGARDED AS LEGAL ADVICE. THOSE WITH PARTICULAR QUESTIONS SHOULD SEEK THE ADVICE OF COUNSEL.
© Lamb & Barnosky, LLP 2017