Advocacy Alert 2016-17 Budget Deal Reached
Late yesterday, the Legislature and the Governor reached an agreement on the 2016-17 state budget. The Senate has passed all of the budget bills. The Assembly has not voted on the education bills yet. This year’s budget includes a significant increase in funding for school districts totaling $1.47 billion more than 2015-16. The school aid package includes:
- $434 million to finally end the Gap Elimination Adjustment for all school districts
- $627 million in additional Foundation Aid
- $100 million in Foundation Aid will be set aside to create and expand Community Schools. A list of affected districts and the set aside amounts is below
- $75 million in additional funding for the creation and expansion of community schools
- $341 million to fully fund expense-based aids
The school aid increase is more than half a billion dollars above the Governor’s Executive Budget proposal, with additional funding for both Foundation Aid and GEA Restoration. The full state aid runs can be accessed below.
Please note, when reviewing the school aid runs, some districts may initially see a GEA on their run. However, the GEA is fully eliminated by the “final GEA payment” listed at the bottom of the run. Language to ensure the elimination of the GEA is also included in the Article VII language bill.
Other notable items included in the budget are:
- $20 million to support the My Brother’s Keeper initiative
- $22 million in funding for 3 year old prekindergarten
- $54 million in state funding for charter schools
- A one year moratorium on the recalculation of Building Aid
- $25 million in bullet aid
- Employee funded Paid Family Leave
- A regionalized increase of the minimum wage
As always, this year’s budget negotiations were as noteworthy for what was not included as what was included in the final package. NYSSBA Governmental Relations staff worked hard to ensure that our priorities were included, and those initiatives we opposed were not.
Not Included in the Final Budget
- The Education Tax Credit (also known as the Parental Choice in Education Act)
- Statewide building aid for Charter Schools and increases in the local share of charter school tuition
- Changes in the receivership law to keep schools with improved performance on the receivership list
- Extension of New York City Mayoral Control
- Delinkage of APPR and state aid increases
- Adjustments to the Tax Cap
Governmental Relations staff is in the process of fully analyzing bill language and will provide additional details in the days to come.
NYSSBA released the following statement on the New York State Budget.
NYSSBA 2016 State Budget Analysis Webinar – Register Now
Join the NYSSBA Governmental Relations Team for a free webinar summarizing the enacted state budget.
- Tuesday, April 5th
- 12:00-1:30 p.m.
- Hear all the details and get your questions answered!
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