Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on State of the State/Budget
FOR RELEASE: January 13, 2016
The theme of Gov. Cuomo's State of the State and budget proposal was "Built to Lead," but perhaps a more fitting description might be "A Work in Progress."
While the governor suggested many laudable programs in our public schools, his funding proposal for enacting those programs falls short.
Increasing funding for struggling schools, expanding prekindergarten programs, enhancing school safety and implementing the recommendations of the Common Core Task Force are all positive and sensible goals that lead us in the right direction.
Unfortunately, the governor's proposed state aid increase is much less than what schools need to maintain current programs and services – especially in the face of a zero percent tax cap – and will leave districts wanting as they attempt to implement these ambitious programs.
Today's proposals represent the first step in a three-month budget process. School boards intend to work with lawmakers throughout that process. Collectively, we can realize these ambitious goals for our students and public schools if the resources are made available.