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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):

  • Additional Foundation Aid $428
    • Community Schools Set-aside $50
  • Reimbursement for Expense-Based Aids / Other $333
  • Fiscal Stabilization Fund $150
  • Empire State After-School Program $35
  • Expanded Prekindergarten for Three- and Four-Year-Olds $5
  • Early College High Schools $5
  • Other Education Initiatives $5
  • Charter School Tuition Reimbursement $22
  • Smart Schools Debt Service $17

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:

  • A proposal to eliminate the freeze on charter school basic tuition; while providing $22 million to reimburse districts for 90% of that increase
  • A proposal to establish a new tier of charter school transition aid starting in 2018-19
  • A proposal to eliminate the cap on the number of charter schools located in NYC while also increases NYC facilities payments and changing co location requirements
  • A proposal to leave the statutory charter cap in place, but allows all revoked charters to be reused
  • A proposal to increase pre-K spending by $5 million for  three-year-old and four-year-old programs expansion, while merging  the original  UPK as well as priority full-day and expanded half-day programs
  • A proposal to extend NYC Mayoral control for 3 years
  • A proposal to allow for the creation of 2 Recovery High Schools run by BOCES (approved by OASAS). Funded through BOCES aid and additional funding for non-component districts.

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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