March 16, 2017
Throughout the day, additional details about the budget proposal were released. In a break with tradition, in addition to the Senate Budget Resolution sponsored by Majority Leader Flanagan, Leader of the IDC, Senator Klein advanced a similar, but not identical resolution, including some items with which the IDC disagrees with their coalition partners.
Only the resolution advanced by the Senate Republicans was adopted and will serve as the starting place for budget negotiations.
The Senate proposal includes:
- An increase of $1.2 billion in school aid over 2016-17
- This includes a $906 million increase in Foundation Aid
- Retention and increase of the Community Schools Set Aside to $125 million over 2016-17
- Increased flexibility in how the set aside can be used is also included
- Full funding of expense based aids at $296.4 million
- Rejection of the Executive's repeal the Foundation Aid formula
- Flexibility around some district mandates including internal audit procedures and hiring requirements under Part 154 of Commissioner's regulations
- Inclusion of the Education Tax Credit, now called the "Education Affordability Act"
- Language to allow for building aid and transportation aid forgiveness for districts in certain circumstances
- A proposal to pay down some prior year aid claims by utilizing overpayments in state aid that would normally be reclaimed by the state general fund
- Increasing the aidable salary for BOCES CTE teachers
- Expanding the number of proposed "Recovery High Schools" from 2 to 3, with one to be located on Long Island
- Tuition increases and building aid for charter schools
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