Advocacy Update: Education Budget Bill Printed

April 6, 2021

The main education state budget bill was printed this morning. While the bill, commonly referred to as ELFA, has not yet been passed by the legislature, and some education-relevant bills remain to be printed, we wanted to update you on what has been included so far at this point. Some of those highlights include:

  • Foundation Aid increase for all districts, along with a plan to fully-fund the Foundation Aid formula over three years and updates and adjustments to student need measurements
  • Rejection of the Governor's proposed Local District Funding Adjustment state aid cut
  • Rejection of the Governor's proposal to consolidate and eliminate expense-based aids into a new Services Aid category
  • Expansion of the Governor's proposal to aid costs associated with the delivery of student meals and instructional materials in Spring 2020 to also include transportation "stand-by" costs from March 16, 2020 through May 7, 2020
  • Allocation of federal ARP Act stimulus funds, and a requirement for most districts to spread out usage of those funds over multiple years
  • Rejection of the Governor's proposal to eliminate the Prior Year Aid Claims queue
  • Acceptance of the Governor's proposal to guarantee low-cost broadband to low-income families

The NYSSBA Governmental Relations team will continue to keep you updated on budget progress, including the distribution of school aid runs when they become available.

2021-22 Enacted State Budget Webinar

The NYSSBA Governmental Relations team will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, April 14 at 12pm to review what was included in the enacted budget, what was left out, and how the various provisions may impact your school district heading into 2021-22. We hope you can join us. Registration information can be found below.

Webinar Registration

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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