Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on Senate and Assembly Budget Resolutions
FOR RELEASE: March 12, 2015
CONTACT: David Albert
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The state Senate and Assembly budget resolutions provide a good framework for negotiations as lawmakers approach the April 1 budget deadline.
Both houses recognize the dire need schools have for state aid, and deliver with increases well above the governor's proposal. We urge lawmakers to use these increases both to restore funds that school districts would otherwise lose to the GEA, and make a sizable investment in Foundation Aid. That will deliver funding to all school districts that need it the most.
As negotiations continue, we encourage the Senate to join the Assembly in abandoning the governor's ill-conceived receivership proposal. Hostile takeovers may work in corporate America, but they will fail miserably in New York's public schools.
We also urge the Senate to reject the governor's proposal to divert precious state funds toward an "Education Investment Tax Credit" to those who contribute to nonpublic schools. New York's primary obligation is to adequately fund its public school districts.
We applaud both houses for rejecting the governor's proposal to hold a school aid increase hostage to sweeping and controversial policy reforms. Our elected officials should not be forced to rubber-stamp reforms that will forever change public education to secure a reasonable state aid increase to schools.
On behalf of school boards, we will work with our elected leaders to help ensure a positive outcome in the state budget for the students in our public schools.
About NYSSBA: The New York State School Boards Association represents more than 650 school boards and more than 5,000 school board members in New York. NYSSBA provides advocacy, training, and information to school boards in support of their mission to govern the state's public schools.