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Commissioner offers ideas to improve student need data

On Board Online • September 26, 2016

By Brian Fessler
Senior Governmental Relations Representative

Is New York State close to changing the state aid formula? Although you may have read news articles suggesting that, it would be more accurate to say we're getting close to using better poverty data in state aid calculations.

Earlier this year, as part of the 2016-17 enacted state budget, the Legislature and governor agreed on language requiring the commissioner of education to issue recommendations regarding the process of determining the number of free and reduced price lunch (FRPL) participants in school districts. These figures are used in a variety of state aid formulas, including foundation aid, as a way to determine student need.

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News Releases

DiNapoli to NYSSBA: Tighter state aid, low tax cap on horizon for schools

FOR RELEASE: September 12, 2016

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell

School districts should plan for limited state and local revenue growth in their budgets next year, based on projections for shrinking state tax collections and another low tax cap, according to State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

DiNapoli made the prediction in an interview with New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) Executive Director Timothy Kremer in an upcoming “NYSSBA News” program that will air on NYSSBA’s website beginning September 12.

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APPR: Education game changer or annual obligation?

NYSSBA's new research report offers an inside look at the state of APPR, offered by those on the front lines of negotiations, as well as key takeaways for districts negotiating APPR plans.


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