New York State School Boards Association

Want to keep taxes down? Increase state aid

On Board Online • January 22, 2018

By Paul Heiser
Senior Research Analyst

If Gov. Cuomo and state lawmakers want to keep property taxes low, there is one surefire way to help do that: increase state aid.

A new NYSSBA analysis finds a relatively strong correlation between overall state aid allocations to school districts and the size of their property tax levies. In general, when districts get higher levels of state aid than the year before, the less they need to raise their property taxes.

That correlation doesn't hold true in every school district, but it does for more than half of them. The analysis found that 54 percent of school districts exhibited at least a small association between higher yearly state aid increases and slower growth in their tax levies.

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NYSSBA Poll: Majority of school board members support allowing classes to start before September, longer school year

FOR RELEASE: January 22, 2018

CONTACT: Al Marlin
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Nearly two-thirds of school board members say school districts should have the option to begin classroom instruction prior to September 1 each school year, according to a recent poll by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA).

Of the 471 poll respondents, 65 percent are in favor of allowing school districts to start the school year prior to September 1, compared with 27 percent who are not in favor and about 8 percent who are not sure. Current state law mandates that public schools (with the exception of charter schools) begin instruction no earlier than September 1. The state Board of Regents indicated at its December meeting that it would direct the State Education Department to draft legislation to offer, at local discretion, instructional days in August.

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