NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer Statement on Senate and Assembly Budget Resolutions
FOR RELEASE: March 14, 2016
CONTACT: David Albert
The budget resolutions put forward by the state Assembly and Senate are encouraging for school districts.
Both provide substantial infusions of Foundation Aid above the governor's proposal – and both abolish the Gap Elimination Adjustment next year.
Schools will need every penny of state aid if they are going to cope with this year's punishingly low tax cap. Dozens of districts face a negative tax cap – requiring 60 percent voter approval just to raise the same amount in local revenue as last year. Statewide, the average school district tax cap is just 1.1 percent.
Lawmakers can help schools obtain support for high academic standards by making the cap 2 percent, as was advertised in 2011.
We also hope the Senate will re-consider its $150 million allocation for education tax credits, largely for the benefit of nonpublic schools. That funding could be better targeted to help our struggling schools.
Finally, we encourage the Senate to consider abolishing the link between approved APPR plans and state aid increases, as the Assembly proposed.
We appreciate the commitment that our lawmakers have shown to education, and look forward to a timely budget that invests in our public schools.