North Fork school districts would see state education aid increase from 2.3 to just over 4 percent under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive budget proposal, according to education aid numbers released by the state budget division.
Assemblyman Fred Thiele of Sag Harbor is calling the governor’s education aid proposal “inadequate for Long Island” and demanding the elimination of the “gap elimination adjustment,” a reduction in state aid to education aimed at helping to close a $10 billion state budget deficit.
“The GEA was always an ill-considered idea that I opposed. Its purpose was to address a state budget deficit of $10 billion, which no longer exists. The deficit was gone a year ago. The GEA should have been gone also,” Thiele said in a press release yesterday.
“More and more demands are being placed on local school districts to meet higher standards, while at the same time freezing property taxes. To achieve both of these goals, there must be adequate state support of education,” Thiele said.
Thiele is calling for an overall increase in state aid to education, from the $961 million proposed by Cuomo to “at least” $1.8 billion.
“We want better results and we must invest to get those results. With a 0.12 percent tax cap for 2016, we are effectively reducing the reliance on the property tax for education funding, which I support. However, the state must now step up to the plate to do its fair share,” Thiele said.
The foundation aid formula is weighted against Long Island school districts and must be reformed to be fair to Long Island, according to the legislator.
“Do not punish the schools that have been the most successful,” Thiele said.
The final state education aid numbers will not be known until the state lawmakers and the governor agree on an operating budget for the coming fiscal year. The constitutional deadline for budget adoption is April 1.
|2016-2017 base aids||Riverhead||Shoreham-Wading River|
|Community Schools Aid||0||0|
|Full Day K conversion||0||0|
|High Cost Excess Cost||897,266||243,870|
|Private Excess Cost||202,668||55,836|
|Hardware & Technology||38,205||17,487|
|Software, library & textbook||502,352||186,464|
|Operating reorg incentive||0||0|
|Charter school transitional||1,189,242||0|
|High tax aid||2,256,813||1,167,111|
|Supplemental pub excess cost||0||0|
|GAP elimination adjustment||-643,547||-629,834|
|GAP elimination adjustment||-325,301||436,999|
|Building + bldg reorg incent||3,508,553||943,878|
|$ change vs 15-16||3,852,393||828,277|
|% change total aid||15.95||8.56|
|$ chg w/o bldg reorg bldg aid||1,555,478||355,474|
|% chg w/o bldg reorg bldg aid||6.78||3.86|
|Smart schools allocation||2,191,853||1,003,429|
Statewide education aid numbers under executive budget proposal available here.
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