New York State School Boards Association

Advocacy Update: Final State Budget Deal Reached

March 31, 2018

Late last night and early this morning both houses completed their work to finalize the budget. While complete analysis of the agreement is underway, here are some of the highlights:

  • Total Education funding increase of nearly $1 billion
    • Traditional School Aid $859 million
      • Foundation Aid $619 million
      • Expense Based Aids $240 million
  • Rejection of the proposal to cap expense based aids
  • Building Level Allocation Reporting
    • Districts meeting certain criteria will be required to submit their per-pupil, building level allocations to the state no later than July 1, 2018 on a form to be developed by the Division of the Budget and the State Education Department. All districts will be required to comply by July 1 2020. Failure to submit or submit properly could result in a district losing their state aid increase for that year. This report would be separate and in addition to the expenditure reporting required under ESSA. A list of the districts NYSSBA anticipates will be impacted can be viewed below:
  • Creation of new learning standards for some nonpublic schools to be enforced by the State Education Department
  • Rejection of the proposed summer school special education cost shift
  • Increase in support for districts facing a financial penalty due to failure to file a final cost report for a capital project on time
  • Rejection of a number of BOCES initiatives including:
    • An increase in the DS salary cap
    • A proposal to treat BOCES capital expenditures consistent with district capital expenditures, outside the tax cap
    • An increase in the aidable cap on CTE instructors and accompanying increase in special services aid for non-component districts
  • Authorization for school districts to create local charitable funds to support the district and offset the impact of the federal tax plan that caps the SALT deduction.

Despite much debate and deliberation, issues such as school safety and charter schools did not result in significant legislative change.

The Governor's press release can be viewed below:

School Aid Runs

District by District school aid runs can be viewed below:

NYSSBA Budget Webinar

Join NYSSBA's Governmental Relations team on Thursday April 5th at 12:00pm to hear what is in (and out of) the 2018 State Budget and have your questions answered. Registration can be accessed below:

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