State education aid
State Sen. Ken LaValle and Assemblyman Fred Thiele say they've drafted legislation that would require an increase in foundation aid for districts, like Riverhead, funded at less than 55% of the foundation aid formula if they meet growth and need criteria.
Not even close: Governor’s budget would increase foundation aid to Riverhead schools by just $1.1 million
The governor's budget proposal is still more than $23 million shy of what Riverhead is owed if state foundation aid is fully funded — 'nowhere near' the district's fair share, Superintendent Henriquez says.
Residents turned out in force today for a rally at the middle school, carrying colorful signs and chanting "fair share now!" to demand Riverhead get its fair share of state education aid.
Riverhead and four other school districts in the state get less than 50% of their allotted 'foundation aid,' while the statewide average is about 80%.
State education aid for the coming fiscal year: How do Riverhead and SWR fare under the governor’s proposal?
State education aid under Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive budget is "inadequate" for Long Island, according to Assemblyman Fred Thiele, who is calling for the elimination of the gap elimination adjustment, a reduction in education aid instituted several years ago to help plug a state budget deficit, which has been wiped out.
Riverhead Central School District
The 2015-2016 budget package also includes compromised, but still highly controversial, changes to the way teachers are evaluated , receive tenure and can be fired.