New York State School Boards Association

Advocacy Alert: Governor Releases 2018-19 Executive Budget

January 16, 2018

Earlier today, Governor Cuomo released his proposed 2018-19 state budget. The Executive proposes a $769 increase in education funding. This is a 3% increase in education spending. The allowable growth under his self-imposed link to personal income growth would have been half that at 1.5%

$769 increase in education (3%)

  • $338 million increase in Foundation Aid (with $50 million increase in Community School set-aside)
    • $288 million unrestricted
    • Total foundation aid set aside for Community Schools would now be $200 million
    • NYSSBA asked for $1.5 billion in Foundation Aid
  • $317 million for Expense-based Aids
  • $64 million for an unspecified Fiscal Stabilization Fund
  • $15 million in additional funding for 3 and 4 year old prekindergarten funding
  • $10 million  in additional funding for after school programs
  • $9 million for expansion of Early College High Schools
  • $6 million for the Smart Start program to support computer science and engineering
  • $5 million for Breakfast After Bell to provide breakfast to students in higher need school districts after the first bell rings
  • $2.5 million to expand access to Advanced Placement exams
  • $2.5 million in other initiatives including but not limited to:
  • $250,000 for mental health and trauma support in schools
    • $1.5 million for gang prevention (over 3 years)
    • Conversion aid for full day kindergarten

In addition there were other notable items referenced, including:

  • Nonpublic schools will receive a 3% increase in mandate services aid
  • Pursuant to last year's formula changes, charter schools will receive a 3% increase paid by districts with students attending the schools
  • Districts with a high percentage of state aid will be required to have a local spending plan approved by DOB and SED
    • For 2018-19 this would only apply to the Big 5
    • Moving forward, this would apply to districts which receive more than 50% of their revenue from state aid and have 9 or more schools
  • Plans to propose a growth cap on expense based aids
  • Plans to allow non component districts to participate in Recovery High Schools run by BOCES

Complete analysis of the bills is underway. NYSSBA governmental relations will send updates as new information is confirmed and when school aid runs are available.

The Governor's full briefing book can be viewed below.

NYSSBA Statement on Budget

Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer released the following statement on the Executive Budget Release:

NYSSBA Budget Webinar

Join NYSSBA's Governmental Relations team to get the details on the Executive budget next Tuesday, January 23rd at noon.

Registration for the webinar can be accessed below.

NYSSBA's Governmental Relations team will keep you up to date on these and other issues.

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