Public schools are one of the most important institutions in our society. They provide every child with a quality education and prepare our youngest generation to be productive citizens. Yet schools are regularly being threatened through funding and legislation.
- East Greenbush CSD has received the minimum Foundation Aid increase from the state in each of the past three years.
- We received an additional $127,547 in Foundation Aid for 2019-20, an increase of just 0.0075 percent, which is less than the rate of inflation. Meanwhile, basic mandated needs continue to grow such as English as a New Language, mental health and special education. Those increasing services require more teachers, more support staff and new programs, which all add to district costs.
- The legislative budget process decides the amount of Foundation Aid for each school district. In the era of the Tax Cap, when the legislature decides that the growth of Foundation Aid will be below the rate of inflation, school districts cannot raise local taxes to compensate and keep pace with inflation. There is no choice but to make reductions in expenditures, which means cuts to teachers and staff, academic electives and extracurricular programs.
- In addition to the need for more state funding, we asked our legislators to support a list of seven proposals, not directly tied to an increase of funding, that would benefit school districts.
Our children need your help. Please advocate for your schools by contacting your elected representatives.
Mandates are a list of services that New York State requires school districts to provide. While some increase accountability and improve educational quality, they also limit flexibility and increase the cost of education.
Contact Your Elected Representatives
NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE
Assemblyman Jake Ashby
NYS Assembly District 107
594 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY 12061
Albany, NY 12248
Assemblyman John McDonald III
NYS Assembly District 108
Albany, NY 12248
Senator Daphne Jordan
NYS Senate District 43
1580 Columbia Tpke, Bldg 2, Ste 1
Castleton-on-Hudson, NY 12033
LOB, Room 508
Albany, NY 12247
UNITED STATES CONGRESS