NCCSS Hosts Annual Financial Forum - 17-12 Close the Gap 2020 Call to Action

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On Feb. 7, Board of Education members, Superintendents of Schools, administrators, representatives from the Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association, Nassau Region PTA and community advocates for public education in Nassau County and Long Island attended the annual NCCSS Financial Forum.
Each year, the forum provides valuable historical data and current information on the proposed New York State funding plans for the upcoming school year, along with advocacy information that can be shared with local legislators representing the various communities in Nassau County and Long Island. This information provides a valuable resource to those who advocate in Albany for Long Island to receive its fair share of state aid.
This year’s theme 17-12 Close the Gap 2020 Call to Action continued to raise awareness that Long Island educates 17% of students in New York State, yet continues to receive only 12% of New York State financial aid. The forum was hosted by the NCCSS Legislative Committee co-chaired by Bellmore Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Joseph S. Famularo, and Valley Stream CHSD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bill Heidenreich. 
This year’s speakers included NCCSS President and Valley Stream Thirty Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Nicholas Stirling; Dr. Joseph S. Famularo, Dr. Bill Heidenreich; Executive Director Nassau-Suffolk Schools Boards Association, Lorraine Deller; Nassau Region PTA Region Director Lynn A. Petrosky; Glen Cove CSD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Maria Rianna and Rockville Centre Superintendent of Schools, Dr. William H. Johnson. 
Each shared their knowledge and expertise on a variety of topics including the importance of continuing the efforts to advocate for Long Island schools and their fair share of state funding, the history of New York State funding to Long Island public schools, the changing needs and demographics of Nassau County public schools and a deeper look into the impact of the Governor’s proposed 2020-2012 funding for Nassau County and Long Island public schools.