Guides for Schools

WHAT IS NYSSL?

Q. WHAT IS NYSSL?

A. NYSSL is an acronym for the New York State Software Law.
New York State prescribes variable aid for the purchase of instructional software to be used in conjunction with computers in schools. In general, the amount of funds allocated to a school is based upon the number of students enrolled on the first day of October, multiplied by the DOE's adjusted per-capita NYSSL allocation from the State of New York. The DOE, in turn, is reimbursed by the State for amounts that may be no greater than the cost of all the software purchased against its NYSSL apportionment. This NYSSL apportionment is based upon the previous year's total software purchases but not exceeding the base year's apportionment times the total enrollment. Unspent funds do not accrue and under-expenditure of the allowable maximum apportionment will result in a decreased NYSSL allocation for the following year.


Q. WHEN ARE NYSSL FUNDS ALLOCATED?

A. In the fall of every fiscal year, the DOE provides a NYSSL appropriation to the CFNs/Central Offices. They, in turn, allocate their appropriation to their respective schools.

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WHAT IF THE NYSSL ALLOCATION IS INSUFFICIENT?

A. The CFN/Central office should assure that computer software is distributed equitably among its component schools by drawing upon existing, district-wide resources and by software purchased with other available funds. If one school in a district does not require its full allocation, the CFN/Central office may reallocate unexpended funds to another school with a greater need. It should be noted that insufficient funds may prevent a class from receiving all necessary software but any such decisions must be made equitably and cannot be made on a fixed dollar-per-pupil calculation.

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WHEN CAN I PURCHASE NYSSL MATERIALS?
A. By late fall, CFN'S should have provided their schools with their respective NYSSL allocations. Particular attention should be given to DCP ordering deadlines.

To obtain the maximum use of NYSSL funds, designated school staff should consult with their district's technology coordinator concerning hardware upgrades and/or purchases.

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WHAT ABOUT USING REMAINING BALANCES?


A. Until all the allocation has been expensed, remaining NYSSL funds may be used to provide software and/or licenses required by enrollment expansion, new curriculum initiatives, and/or installation of new computers.