Statement of Timothy G. Kremer, Executive Director of the New York State School Boards Association, on the 2014-2015 State Budget Proposal
FOR RELEASE: January 21, 2014
CONTACT: Al Marlin
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed an austere budget for schools.
While the governor’s budget contains many laudable issues such as state-funded universal prekindergarten and after-school programs, his state aid allocation falls way short of the mark.
The Educational Conference Board - of which NYSSBA is a member - recently reported that schools would need a minimum state aid increase of $1.5 billion just to maintain current programs. The state Board of Regents requested an increase of $1.3 billion.
Under the governor’s proposed $807 million increase, schools will be unable to continue current programs and services without exceeding the tax cap. That, of course, would run counter to the governor’s efforts to reimburse taxpayers for staying within the cap.
We appreciate the governor’s leadership in putting forward a $2 billion proposal for technology and capital costs associated with full-day prekindergarten expansion, but hope that the Legislature will increase the state’s investment in general support for public schools.