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NYSUT suit takes aim at tax cap

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The lawsuit filed against the state by New York State United Teachers over New York’s property tax cap contains some eye-popping numbers: • 35,000 teaching and staff positions have been lost at public schools since 2008. • State aid dropped $1.86 billion between the 2008-09 and 2011-12 school years. • The state’s share of school funding, which typically averaged between 41 percent and 47 percent annually, dropped to 39.7 percent in 2011-12, the lowest in a decade. Then ...

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March 9, 2013
11:27 a.m.

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Is the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) which was enacted when Gov. Patterson was around and allowed for NYS to get out of their hole by taking money away from each district (GEA) been used for any other state agencies? Why should the GEA be used as a blunt force tool against schools only? It seems like the concept is to make all schools bankrupt so that we can regionalize schools. But not every district will marry up. So keep in mind a suburban district will have to swallow a city district and don't pretend test scores will go up. And Voorheesville, which is the 2nd largest district in the State per square mile, and which already has students 40 minutes from their school might have even longer commutes if they gobble up another district.