Later in the week, NYS PTA Executive Administrator Rick Longhurst shared his analysis and how it connects to NYS PTA in our Advocacy Newsbriefs.
While the governor’s education message in this week’s State of the State message was far less contentious than in past years, the fiscal proposals were a disappointment. Here is an outline of increases the Governor proposes for state aid to schools.
- Basic Foundation Aid: $266 million of $4.3 billion currently owed to schools
- Gap Elimination Aid: $189 million of $434 million currently owed. The remainder is proposed to be eliminated next year
- Reimbursement of expenses incurred for building, transportation, BOCES and some special education programs: $408 million
- Conversion of struggling and some high needs schools to community schools: $100 million
- Extending prekindergarten programs to three year olds: $22 million
- Other grant programs: $6 million
- Total 2016-17 proposed state aid increase: $991 million
- Total increase proposed for 2017-18: $1.2 billion
We are Looking for Leaders
Legislation/Education Conference Online Registration Now Open!
Mission Possible: Act Today for a Better TomorrowNYS PTA offers its annual Legislation/Education Conference, providing current information on hot topics and long-standing issues on February 27-28 at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, NY
To register now, click here. (Deadline for registration is February 7, 2016)
Reading: Where the Adventure Never Ends
To register now, click here. (Deadline for registration is February 28, 2016)
Bonnie M. Russell
NYS PTA® President
Communicate to Advocate!