A team of Rockland BOCES educators and students traveled to the New York State Capitol on February 27 to make the case for more funding and other legislative action so that BOCES programs can be enhanced and expanded.

With personal stories of success, students representing our Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC), Hudson Valley P-TECH (STEM) and River View High School (Special Education) put a face on the many ways Rockland BOCES programs are enabling academic achievement and personal growth.

In private meetings with New York State Senator James Skoufis, Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski, Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee and Assemblyman Karl Brabenec, our students urged lawmakers to support a number of legislative bills that would help Rockland BOCES remain economically viable and maintain or strengthen current offerings. One key proposal would extend the authorization for BOCES to provide services to out-of-state students. Since 2012, the law has been successful in lessening the burden on local taxpayers by raising revenue from other sources beyond New York. Profits realized have been reinvested into the BOCES supervisory district, with a resulting reduction in member districts’ costs, indirectly bringing down costs for local taxpayers.

Aside from student success stories, Rockland BOCES educators strongly made the case for more general education funding, so that component school districts can afford to send students BOCES.

The annual BOCES Advocacy Day effort was a part of a larger partnership between BOCES and New York State United Teachers.

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