Advocacy Update: School Aid Runs
January 20, 2021
The 2021-22 school aid runs, in support of the executive budget proposal, were released overnight and are linked to below. At a high level, the runs help show:
- An overall statewide increase in aid for schools of $2.1 billion over 2020-21
- Driven by the entirety of the state's $3.8 billion CRRSA Act federal stimulus funds for schools being allocated for 2021-22
- A new "Local District Funding Adjustment," which reduces the state portion of school aid by $1.35 billion (restored by CRRSA Act funds)
- The freeze of Foundation Aid for a second year, remaining at 2019-20 levels
- The creation of a new "Services Aid" category, which consolidates and eliminates multiple expense-based aids, including BOCES Aid and Transportation Aid
- An enrollment and wealth-based reduction of nearly $400 million has been applied (restored by CRRSA Act funds)
- The restoration of the 2020-21 "Pandemic Adjustment" of $1.1 billion
This year's aid runs may also look a bit different than in previous years, as the state has now listed a STAR (school tax relief program) Payment line. While the amount is appropriately listed in both the 2020-21 base year and the 2021-22 proposed year, it is very important to note that this is not new or additional funding. In fact, the funds are not accounted for nor received by districts as traditional state aid and are instead representative of the state subsidizing a portion of most residents' school property tax bills. The state has included the figure this year as a way to show the entirety of its budget cost related to school districts.
NYSSBA Governmental Relations will continue to review the executive budget and will provide additional information and a comprehensive analysis in the days to come. This year, our executive budget webinar will be taking place on Wednesday, February 3rd during our Capital Conference event sponsored by Forecast5 Analytics. Members can join our Capital Conference Event virtually by registering below. The executive budget part of the program will begin at 9:35am.
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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