FOR RELEASE: April 10, 2017
CONTACT: David Albert
Schools can rest a little easier today knowing what their state aid allocation will be for the 2017-18 school year.
Without a state spending plan in place, school boards would have had no choice but to guess how much state aid they would receive next year – a risky budgeting strategy when the education of New York’s 2.6 million public school students is at stake.
We thank lawmakers for taking action to ensure that schools know their state aid allotment before they put their 2017-18 budgets up to voters in May. School boards now have the information they need to finalize their budgets and present them to the community.
Moreover, school boards achieved a number of victories in the state budget. Lawmakers rejected a proposal to repeal the Foundation Aid formula and began consolidating prekindergarten funding programs.
While the $700 million increase in foundation aid falls short of our $1.4 billion request, this additional funding will be distributed in a way that drives more resources toward districts with enrollment growth, higher levels of poverty and a greater number of English language learners, as NYSSBA recommended.
School districts with a significant number of charter schools will feel the sting of an additional $500 per pupil in charter school tuition. Even though this funding will be reimbursed by the state, it will have an immediate impact on school district budgets, since districts had not planned on this additional cost in their preliminary budgets.
We look forward to working with lawmakers to ensure that schools have the resources they need to educate students in our public schools.