2018 WRAP-UP


Minimum Wage Survey and Stakeholder Letter

The SED Rate Setting Unit t has confirmed that the minimum wage survey is available on the NYSED Application Business Portal. SED advised that if any provider is having difficulty accessing the survey or completing it you should send an email with your issues to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   SED will contact you and work to help resolve any issues that you may be experiencing. Please be sure to complete the survey before October 31st.  


Below is the Stakeholder Letter re: Minimum Wage

 October 7, 2016


Dear Colleague,


On April 4, 2016, the Minimum Wage Act (Article 19 of the New York State Labor Law) was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  This statute established regional benchmarks for the gradual increase of the minimum wage in New York State to $15.00 per hour, as outlined in the schedule below. 










NYC - Big Employers (of 11 or more)







NYC - Small Employers (10 or less)







Long Island & Westchester







Greater New York State








* Annual increases for the rest of the state will continue until the rate reaches $15 minimum wage (and $10 tipped wage).


As the implementation of this statute could have a financial impact on special education program(s), the New York State Education Department (Department) has created an online Minimum Wage Survey to collect data that will be used to estimate this impact.  The results of this survey will also be used to facilitate the distribution of funds that will be incorporated into the 2016-17 prospective tuition rates, as warranted.  Please be advised that these funds are only intended to subsidize the expenses associated with increasing hourly wages to the minimum wage(s) that take effect on 12/31/16 and are not intended to subsidize any expenses associated with salary compression. 


The Department has requested all BOCES, Special Act School Districts, 853 schools, 4201 schools and 4410 providers (excluding SEIT only providers) to complete the Minimum Wage Survey by October 31, 2016 using the NYSED Application Business Portal.  As the failure to complete the Minimum Wage survey could result in forfeiture of additional funding, it is imperative that all applicable providers complete the online survey.  As such, the Department is requesting that you, or a designated representative from your organization, encourage your members to complete the Minimum Wage Survey before October 31, 2016.


The Department has created a designated email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for purposes of receiving questions and comments from the public in regards to the Minimum Wage Survey.




Suzanne Bolling

Director of Special Education Fiscal Services

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