UPDATED: Catching up with the School Runs
The latest proposed state aid to school districts in the 2013-2014 budget is out.
The runs, from our friends at StateWatch, are available below. These ones are dated from March 22, but I doubt anything newer came out.
In response to the new runs, Sen. James Seward, R-Milford, said in a statement “Students statewide should have access to a quality education that prepares them to move forward in life, regardless of where they live. The aid conversation in recent years reflects that belief and the distribution of state dollars once again this year is another step toward helping our upstate, low-wealth schools.”
Seward was on the joint budget conference committee on education and worked to boost school funding. He also worked to advance a plan that would increase restorations to the Gap Elimination Adjustment, but lamented the fact that the Assembly balked at including the Senate's plan in this area.
“I fought to ensure local schools received their fair share of state aid this year, and were better positioned for future years as well," Seward said. "Even in a tight budget year, the overall education aid package delivers for students, schools and property taxpayers, and represents a substantial reduction in the gap elimination adjustment."
UPDATE 10:01 p.m.: The negotiated state budget increases state aid to Schenectady’s schools by almost $4.5 million compared to last year’s enacted state budget. The 4.5 percent increase brings the state’s education aid up to $98.57 million, which is about $365,000 more than what was proposed in the initial budget from Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Schenectady City School District Superintendent Larry Spring, who has been a vocal advocate for bringing more aid to high needs districts, said the increase compared to the governor’s budget was “pretty good.” He had hoped the final budget would be millions more for the city compared to what was proposed.
The additional aid means the district is facing a $9.2 million deficit heading into the school budget season. At this point, Spring said, the school board wants a budget that doesn’t raise the tax levy and only uses $2 million in reserve funds. “In order to bridge that gap it will mean an impact on staffing, programs and services,” he said, with some minor savings possible in finding efficiencies.
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