Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Robert S. Schneider on enacted 2022-23 state budget
FOR RELEASE: April 9, 2022
With their approval of the 2022-23 state budget, Governor Hochul and the Legislature have given New Yorkers a welcome taste of the predictability and stability that a functioning foundation aid formula can provide for school districts.
School boards greatly appreciate this opportunity to step off the roller coaster ride that too often has taken us through New York’s budget process. This spending plan proves that reaching a school aid agreement does not need to be a high-stakes cliff-hanger in order to yield good results for our students.
The $1.5 billion foundation aid increase for 2022-23 brings us two-thirds of the way to complete implementation of the formula that state lawmakers approved 15 years ago, with a promise of full funding in the next fiscal year. What’s more, a 3% minimum foundation aid boost for school districts brings an important added element of fairness at a time when all schools are coping with heightened inflation.
We continue to examine additional details of the budget. NYSSBA looks forward to working with state lawmakers to address additional issues facing our students and our public schools during the remaining weeks of this legislative session.