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Jon Peterson

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leaf bullet Governor’s executive budget increases school state aid by 3 percent

 

 

January 18, 2018

Governor Andrew Cuomo, in presenting his 2018-19 budget proposal on Jan. 16, called for a $769 million or 3 percent increase in school state aid funding to $26.4 billion, less than half of the amount requested by the state Board of Regents and the Educational Conference Board.

Cuomo's proposal is the first step in the annual budget development process. The governor and the state Legislature have until April 1 to agree on a spending package for the 2018-19 year. The governor pointed to a projected $4 billion deficit and possible federal cutbacks in health care and other costs during his presentation.

The proposal would spend an additional $338 million for additional Foundation Aid, the primary source of funding for school districts; $317 million to reimburse school districts for certain expenses, such as transportation, construction and BOCES costs that have already been spent by the school district; and a $64 million Fiscal Stabilization Fund.

The plan also boosts funding for community schools, pre-kindergarten and after-school programs, teacher staff development and school breakfast initiatives.

Mayfield would receive an additional $102,591 (1.5 percent) in Foundation Aid as part of the proposal as well as state funding to reimburse items such as transportation and BOCES costs that have already been spent.

Find a breakdown of projected state aid for each school district based on the governor’s proposal at https://www.budget.ny.gov/pubs/archive/fy19/exec/fy19local/school/1819schoolformula.pdf.

Both the Board of Regents and Educational Conference Board, a coalition of the state’s major education groups, had called for a $1.6 billion and $1.5 billion increase, respectively, in state Foundation Aid to schools this year. Both groups also urged the state to fully fund the Foundation Aid Formula. The formula, enacted in 2007, is designed to ensure that all school districts have adequate funding. The phase-in was effectively put on hold during the recession. The state owes school districts $4.2 billion in delayed Foundation Aid payments.

Cuomo, who last year proposed changes to the Foundation Aid formula that were not enacted, also proposed requiring large school districts – those in cities with more than 125,000 residents, to develop plans showing how they plan to use their state aid allotment. The plans would need to be submitted before the start of each school year. The plan would be expanded in the 2019-20 school year to include school districts with at least nine schools who receive more than 50 percent of their funding from the state.

Proposal includes specific increases

Cuomo’s proposal calls for specific funding increases in particular areas:

Community Schools: The budget proposal would spend an additional $50 million for community school initiatives such as before- and after-school mentoring, summer learning activities, health services and dental care.

Prekindergarten: The budget plan adds $15 million to expand half and full-day kindergarten programs for children ages 3 and 4. The money would be focused on high-need districts that do not have prekindergarten programs now.

After-school Programming: The plan would add $10 million to expand the Empire State After School Grants program. Those are available to districts with high rates of homelessness or that serve students in high-risk communities.

Early College High School: An additional $9 million would be set aside to create 15 new Early College High School programs in communities with low graduation or college access rates.

Smart Start Grants: The budget proposal adds $6 million to create the Smart Start program. This program provides grants for teacher development and resources in computer science and engineering. While open to all schools, the grants would go to the highest-need schools first.

• Cuomo proposed several items regarding school meals:

o Breakfast After the Bell: The plan calls for $5 million more for schools who offer the Breakfast Before the Bell program. These programs are required in school districts with more than 70 percent of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. The program provides all students with breakfast after the school day begins.

o Ban Lunch Shaming: The budget includes legislation that would prohibit “lunch shaming” for students who have not paid their meal balances. It would require schools, except those who currently offer free meals to all students, to offer the regular lunches to students instead of offering an alternative, like a peanut butter or cheese sandwich. It would apply to all public schools that participate in the national school meals program.

o Encourage Use of Farm-fresh New York Foods: The proposal expands the Farm to School Program and offers incentives for school districts that purchase 30 percent of their food from New York farmers and growers.

Test Assistance for Families: There would be $2 million in additional funding to help low-income students pay for taking college-level Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) exams. It also includes $500,000 in grants for districts to offer advanced courses.

Teacher Recognition and Professional Development: $1.4 million would be spent for an additional cohort of master teachers in high-need districts and a third round of Empire State Excellence in Teaching Awards.

"Revenue raisers"

To pay for these initiatives, Cuomo offered a few proposals, or “revenue raisers,” to keep spending under control:

STAR: Payments under the two STAR programs, the basic and enhanced School Tax Relief (STAR), would remain the same in 2018-19 instead of increasing a maximum of 2 percent as allowed under current law. The proposal would also make participation in an income verification program mandatory for recipients of Enhanced STAR benefits.

Cap on Expense-based Aids: Cuomo is calling for a 2 percent cap on the growth in expense-based aids, such as construction, BOCES and transportation, beginning in the 2019-20 school year.

Tax Code Changes: In order to ease the impacts of federal tax legislation signed in December, Cuomo said the state is exploring ways to restructure its tax code. Some changes could affect school funding such as allowing tax deductible, charitable donations to a public education fund. More details on what the governor is calling the New York State Taxpayer Protection Act are expected in a report from the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.

Visit https://www.budget.ny.gov/pubs/archive/fy19/exec/index.html for more details on the governor’s budget proposal.