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ASBO School Finance Symposium a Success

Wednesday, October 9, 2019  
ASBO New York held its sixth annual School Finance Symposium in Albany on October 8, 2019, bringing together experts to discuss how New York State can reduce costs for pupil transportation while maintaining its high level of service. Over the past few years, Governor Cuomo has proposed capping the growth in state Transportation Aid. The symposium focused on ways of maintaining current services while finding ways to reduce the growth in spending, which would then lower the growth in state aid.  This year's symposium featured attendees from multiple stakeholder groups including two Regents from the Board of Regents and high-level staff from NYSED and both houses of the State legislature as well as many ASBO members. 
The symposium panel included:
  • Andrew Van Alstyne, Director of Education and Research at ASBO New York, moderated the event and opened the panel with an overview of transportation spending and state aid in New York and an introduction of the panel.

  • Paul Overbaugh, Director of Pupil Transportation at the New York State Education Department, then presented on foster care and homeless student transportation. These requirements, which rightly focus on providing to students in incredibly difficult circumstances, are also quite costly, helping explain some of the growth in transportation costs for school districts.

  • David Christopher, Executive Director of the New York Association for Pupil Transportation, focused on ways that management and technology can strengthen student safety while increasing local efficiencies.

  • Mark Walsh, Senior Consultant with Transportation Advisory Services, shares a policy agenda focusing on support for transportation in general as well as policies aimed at improving services and safety for districts that run their own transportation and those that contract out.
Following the presentations, the panelists conducted a question and answer session that included many thoughtful questions and comments from attendees. Please visit the ASBO School Finance Symposium page for a copy of symposium presentations as well as the paper ASBO released. More details on the panel will come in the next issue of The Reporter magazine.