Four Key Points About School Aid and the 2016-17 New York State Executive Budget
1. The proposed state budget falls far short of providing an adequate level of funding to support our schools to maintain the current services.
2. The property tax cap allows only minimal increases in local revenue, necessitating significantly increasing state aid. The allowable growth factor for 2016-2017 is .12% due to low inflation over the past year.
3. Currently the State budget gap of a few years ago has been eliminated. The Gap Elimination Adjustment must end as well – this year. Currently OCS has $297,949 in GEA funds that could be restored to OCS.
4. Eliminating the GEA is not enough, the state must commit to re-starting and increasing the Foundation Aid formula. Foundation Aid to OCS is underfunded by $84,118.
If all those funds are restored, we could see $382,067 in additional revenue.
On March 24th the 2016-2017 Draft Budget will be presented to the Board of Education. There will also be additional fine tuning of the budget at the April 5th and April 12th meetings. The budget will be adopted at either the April 12th or April 18th Board of Education meeting.
The New York State Council of School Superintendents has provided valuable information in their resources School Aid and the 2016-17 New York State Executive Budget and Advocacy News.
New York State School Boards Association
Call to Action: Tell Policy Makers you OPPOSE the Education Tax Credit
Once again, the Governor and each house of the legislature have introduced proposals to establish an education tax credit. The Executive's proposal is included in his proposed budget. These plans would set aside upwards of $150 million in state tax credits to donations and tuition costs for non-public schools and other educational funds. Tell the Governor and your legislators that you strongly support the full funding of public education and oppose any plan that seeks to divert state general fund dollars for the benefit of non-public and parochial schools.
Below is a list of elected officials along with their contact information and sample letters that you can utilize when contacting them. Click here to access the CNYSBA Advocacy Toolkit. Thank you for your support.
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