NYS PTA encouraged with reports of record education funding, awaits
Posted January 10, 2017
In Governor Cuomo's local State of the State address in New York City, he
briefly discussed supporting record levels of funding for education.
“We are encouraged by these remarks and await details on the proposal, as
New York State's school children are still owed more than $4 billion in
school aid under the CFE lawsuit and ruling,” NYS PTA President Gracemarie
Alongside the Educational Conference Board, NYS PTA has called for a school
aid increase of $2.0 billion for the coming year. This increase would
include a $1.5 billion increase in aid just to maintain current services and
programs in schools and $500 million for other programs including: (1)
support for struggling schools, (2) increased support for English language
learners, (3) expanding access to college and career pathways and career and
technical education programs, (4) expanding access to pre- kindergarten
programs, (5) teacher professional development support and (6) aid to
districts with increased enrollment.
NYS PTA stand ready to work with the Governor and legislature to see that
adequate and equitable school aid is achieved this fiscal year and that the
foundation aid formula is fully phased in over the next three years.
“However, we continue to be concerned about the state's property tax cap and
call for reasonable modifications to the cap that include providing for a
stable 2 percent allowable levy growth factor and inclusion of common sense
exemptions,” noted NYS PTA Executive Director Kyle Belokopitsky.
is committed to making every child’s potential a reality and looks forward
to seeing that every child’s dream is achieved.