School Funding Workshop for Legislators and Staff
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When: Feb. 26, 2019
2:00 - 3:30 PM
Where: Room 104A
Legislative Office Building
198 State St.
Albany, New York  12210
United States
Contact: Joel Tirado
(518) 434-2281 ext. 102

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The budget is coming. New York State school aid makes up more than a quarter of the State’s budget. Governor Cuomo has proposed to distribute $27.7 billion for school year 2019-20, according to a myriad of formulas and budget features. Although school aid is complex, it is governed by a number of policies and principles that can be easily understood and debated. This workshop will describe these concepts to better allow legislators and their staff to engage their constituents in the process.

For example: Do you understand how Foundation Aid, the primary funding instrument for our public schools, is calculated? How about the differences in debt limits for small city and non-city school districts? Do you know which districts are most affected by executive proposals for equity plans, Services Aid and a new tier of Building Aid?

Attend this free 90-minute workshop led by ASBO New York's Dr. Deborah Cunningham and Dr. Andrew Van Alstyne to learn what you need to know about how school aid is distributed. The workshop will be offered at 2 pm on February 26 in Room 104A of the LOB. At 3:00pm we will take questions and discussion from the audience.

This workshop will cover key school funding concepts, terminology and data that legislators and staff should know in order to develop public policy both in laws and the state budget that reflects the needs of constituents. 
Topics covered include:

  • School district numbers, types and need classifications
  • Student population trends and composition
  • School revenue and expenses 
  • Types of school aid – Foundation Aid and expense-based aids
  • How school aid is calculated
  • Executive proposal impact



Deborah H. Cunningham, PhD

This session will be led by Dr. Deborah Cunningham who wrote 22 state aid conceptual proposals for the Board of Regents, including the proposal for Foundation Aid that was enacted in 2007 and still in law today. Deborah is a past president of the Association of Education Finance and Policy. Now ASBO’s Director of Education and Research, Deborah is leading an extensive research program on the condition and needs of school districts and emerging issues in school finance and management.

Andrew Van Alstyne, PhD

Andrew Van Alstyne is the Deputy Director of Education and Research at the Association of School Business Officials of New York. Prior to joining ASBO New York in January 2017, Dr. VanAlstyne spent three years as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Southern University.