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State Update: Senate and Assembly Release One-House Budgets

Wednesday, March 13, 2019  
Both houses of the Legislature released their one-house budget bills this week. These are often seen as legislative wish lists and are unlikely to make it into law as is but form the basis for serious negotiations between the Governor and the two houses. The legislative budget bills included many proposals advanced by ASBO New York. Following is a summary of each house’s bills and a comparison chart of highlights from Executive, Senate and Assembly and ASBO proposals. For more information visit our State Budget page.

New York State Senate

  • Increases School Aid by $1.6 billion or 6.0 percent above the 2018-19 school year;
  • Increases Foundation Aid by $1.2 billion or 6.8 percent;
  • Provides $25 million in additional grants to school districts to support English Language Learner students;
  • $10 million for increased reimbursement for in-state school meal procurement;
  • $750,000 for Farm to School Programs;
  • $20 million in additional funding to support schools placed under receivership;
  • $20 million for expanded pre-kindergarten grants, $5 million above the Executive;
  • $2 million for new Early College High School programs;
  • Discontinues the Contract for Excellence program;
  • Denies the Executive proposal to require districts to set aside a portion of their Foundation Aid increase to schools selected by the Division of Budget;
  • Repeal current law that requires school districts to submit school level funding plans that are duplicative with requirements under the Federal Every Student Succeeds Act;
  • Deny the Executive proposal to change the personal income growth index to a 10-year average;
  • Provide a three-year phase-in of Foundation Aid;
  • Deny the limitation on building aid reimbursement;
  • Deny the consolidation of expense-based aids;
  • Deny the freezing of school aid claims based on the November data;
  • Provide amnesty for building aid penalties;
  • Provide amnesty for transportation aid penalties;
  • Apply prior year adjustments toward state aid recoveries;
  • Increase the aidable salaries for staff providing career and technical education services through BOCES;
  • Phase-in reimbursement for ninth graders in Special Services Aid for non-component school districts;
  • Allow school districts to establish reserve funds for Teacher Retirement System expenses within their existing State and Local Employees' Retirement System reserve fund;
  • Supplemental basic tuition for charter schools paid in current year;
  • Stagger building condition surveys over a five-year period;
  • Allow school districts that have tax certiorari judgments that exceed the amount of the district's annual budget to receive Building Aid for the bonded payment; and
  • Modify the Executive proposal allowing school districts to purchase school bus stop arm cameras, to require such cameras be reimbursable through state aid.

New York State Assembly

  • Increases School Aid by $1.6 billion;
  • Increases Foundation Aid by $1.2 billion. All districts would receive at least 53 percent of their Foundation Aid;
  • A timeline for full funding of Foundation Aid: 2020-21, 33 percent of Foundation Aid still due; 2021-22, 50 percent; 2022-23, 100 percent;
  • Proposes limiting community schools set-aside to 2.5 percent of the Foundation Aid a district receives and a maximum 20 percent increase in a given year. Amounts above these thresholds may be used for community schools programs at the district’s discretion. Includes addressing trauma as a possible use for community schools set-aside;
  • Rejects equity plans;
  • Modifies the proposal for 10-year personal income growth average to begin with 2020-21, keeping 2019-20 as being based on the one-year change;
  • Ends Contracts for Excellence;
  • Homelessness Aid: For all districts with a homeless count greater than five, aid is $144.71 * homelessness count, with $10,000 minimum and $7 million max;
  • Rejects executive building aid proposal
    • Includes school based health, dental, and mental health services in the categories for building capacity ratings, making these spaces eligible for building aid;
  • Using building aid to finance debt related to tax certiorari, if the amount is greater than the previous year’s total general fund expenditures; building aid ratio plus 0.1;
  • Raises BOCES salary cap: 2019-20, $34,000; 2020-21, $40,000; 2021-22, $46,000; 2022-23, $52,000;
  • A modification to reimbursement for CTE for non-component districts;
  • Rejects services aid block grant;
  • Allows piggybacking onto transportation contracts for out-of-district students;
  • Allows transportation aid for pre-K students;
  • Rejects Executive proposal to end prior year adjustments;
  • Addresses worker pay and retention in New York City transportation contracts;
  • Creates a TRS Reserve Fund (can put in two percent of all pay for a given year; balance capped at 10 percent of pay);
  • Supplemental basic tuition for charter schools paid in current year;
  • Requires Smart Schools Review Board to meet at least every three months; at each meeting they need to announce the date of their next meeting;
  • Any money the state recovers through excess payment of aid shall be used for prior year adjustments in addition to appropriated funds for PYAs;
  • Five-year staggered schedule for Building Condition Surveys (Building Condition Survey every five years, plus designated visual inspections, depending on year scheduled for BCS);
  • Building Aid for lead testing and periodic inspections required by the Commissioner.
Visit our State Budget page to see a comparison of the One-House, Executive, and ASBO New York budget proposals.