New York State School Boards Association

Advocacy Update: Executive State Budget Proposal

January 21, 2020

Governor Cuomo delivered his state budget address this afternoon, outlining proposals expected to be included in his 2020-21 executive state budget. While actual budget legislation has yet to be released, the Governor's speech and accompanying budget briefing book offers insight to what school districts can expect to be included.

The Governor noted a proposed $826 million, or 3%, increase in education funding. Of that total, materials suggest a $504 million boost in Foundation Aid, plus a $200 million allocation dedicated for "targeted high-need district Foundation Aid." We anticipate budget legislation to provide more details on that specific proposal. The executive budget further increases the community school set-aside by $50 million, placing a restriction on the proposed overall Foundation Aid increase. The 3% increase in funding would also include $72 million in reimbursement for expense-based aids.

The Governor's budget materials include proposals that give some serious cause for concern. Similar to last year, the Governor will be looking to revamp expense-based aids going forward, this time by consolidating nearly a dozen aid categories and limiting the growth of transportation aid and building aid. The Governor again highlighted the need to distribute state education funding more equitably, particularly amongst high-need schools. NYSSBA will continue to advocate strongly in support of local board of education autonomy with regard to school district budgeting.

Additional proposals include:

  • $15 million for expanded prekindergarten for three and four year-olds
  • $10 million for afterschool programs
  • $6 million for early college high schools programs
  • Elimination of state fiscal share of certain costs related to Committee on Special Education (CSE) placements
  • Development of a statewide curriculum on diversity and tolerance
  • Comprehensive vaping and e-cigarette control package, including prohibiting the sale of flavored vaping products and restricting advertising that targets youth

School aid runs, showing a district-by-district breakdown of estimated state aid under the executive budget, have yet to be released. We will share that information as soon as it becomes available.

NYSSBA Governmental Relations will continue to review the executive budget proposal and will provide additional information and analysis in the days to come. Our executive budget webinar will be Tuesday, January 28 at 12pm.

NYSSBA's Governmental Relations team will continue to report on these and other issues.  For more information, visit our Key Issues Page

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