Advocacy Alert: Governor Release 2017 Executive Budget Proposal and Runs

January 18, 2017

Last night, Governor Cuomo released his much anticipated 2017-18 budget proposal to the public. Though the process has deviated greatly from the norm, the six State of the State addresses and supporting documents did layout a map for what would be included in the budget this year.

A full analysis of the fourteen bills is underway, however, NYSSBA wanted to share an initial read of the proposals.

School Aid

The Executive proposes $428 million in Foundation aid. $378 million of that funding would be unrestricted, while the remaining $50 million would be added to the existing Community Schools set-aside.

The proposal would also make many changes to the Foundation Aid formula itself. We were surprised to learn that this proposal would eliminate the "formula" and move to a year to year disbursement of aid approach.

The distribution in 2017-18 would be amended in a way that was recommended by NYSSBA, updating multiple measures of poverty including using 3 years of direct certification of FRPL count.

You can view your district's proposed school aid run below.

The Governor's full proposal for increased education spending is outlined below:

Education Aid Increases

Category of Increase (change in millions):

Total Education Funding: $1 billion

The executive proposal also includes a myriad of other policy proposals though many less controversial than we have seen in recent years. Some of the most relevant to school districts are:

Notably, it appears that the Education Tax Credit was not included in the executive proposal.

Additional details are still being assessed and will be shared as a part of NYSSBA's full analysis as a part of the Executive Budget Webinar next Tuesday at noon.

NYSSBA Capital Conference

NYSSBA 2017 Capital Conference Registration is Open

Registration for the NYSSBA 2017 Capital Conference is now open. This year, the event will be held on February 12th and 13th at the New York State Museum with housing at the Renaissance Albany Hotel. Join us on Sunday with Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and special dinner speaker Dana Goldstein, journalist and author.

Click on the link below to register:

Reminder, the room block for the conference closes Friday, January 20th. Register and secure your room today.  

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