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State Update: Executive Budget Proposal On P-12 Education

Tuesday, January 15, 2019  

Executive Budget Proposal on P-12 Education

The Governor proposes a 3.6 percent increase for education, for a total funding level of $27.7 billion in state aid to school districts.

The Governor stated that the problem in school funding is the inequity in funding between rich and poor schools. He said funding poorer school districts as provided for in Foundation Aid didn’t result in funding poorer schools. He reported that last year’s transparency findings were troubling. New York State gave 70 percent to high need school districts. The poorer school districts gave more resources to high wealth schools. This year the Governor proposes education equity funding. The goal is for New York State to give a quality education regardless of race and zip code. The Education Equity Formula will distribute funding to poorer schools in poorer districts. Governor Cuomo proposes to “require that these [76] school districts devote a portion of their 2019-20 school aid to increase the per-pupil allocation in their highest need schools.”

In addition, the Governor proposed:
  • Recruit 250 new teachers in shortage areas through the We Teach NY Program ($3 million).
  • Make permanent the Property Tax Cap.
  • Expanding Pre-K for 3 and 4-Year olds ($15 million)
  • After School ($10 million)
  • Early College High Schools ($9 million)
  • Master Teachers ($1.5 million)
  • Community Schools ($50 million)
  • Expand the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Program to Recognize Outstanding Teachers.  Governor Cuomo proposes a fourth round of awards to support and recognize outstanding teachers across New York State.
  • Ensure That Every Student Can Graduate High School with College Credit, a Skilled Credential, or Meaningful Work Experience by 2025
  • Make the Largest Investment in Computer Science Education in the Nation. The FY 2019 Budget included a $6 million annual investment in professional development for teachers, and the FY 2020 budget adds an additional $6 million. Designed as a $30 million commitment over five years, this historic investment will ensure that every elementary, middle, and high school across the state provides computer science education by 2025. 
  • Support Ten New P-TECHs. $5 million to add ten more public-private educational partnerships in 2019.
  • $3 million for school districts with high suspension rates to offer teacher training and promote alternate forms of discipline, including restorative justice
  • School bus traffic safety, including increasing fines and authorizing stop arm cameras on school buses
State aid runs should be available tomorrow afternoon. We will send them out once they are released. Please bookmark our NYS Budget page as will be updating it regularly with new information and analysis.
 
Executive director Michael Borges commented on the proposal. "The Governor continues to shift blame for inadequate funding for high need school districts from the state to local districts who are still owed $4.1 billion in Foundation Aid,” he said. “If a school district is underfunded, then how can they equitably distribute resources to individual schools within their district? A majority of funding disparities between school buildings are the result of teacher salary differentials for more senior teachers and the location of special needs programs."

"In addition, the Governor continues another worrisome trend in dictating how school districts spend and allocate their funds, which started with the advent of community schools set aside within Foundation Aid,” he continued. “Foundation Aid is supposed to be unrestricted aid that school districts use to meet their individual needs and now high need districts are being told how to spend any increases in their Foundation Aid. If the Governor wants this much control over how school districts allocate their funds, he should run for school board," he concluded.