NYSASBO Reports

 

NYSASBO Releases Analysis of School District Spending - The Education Dollar Where Does The Money Go?

NYSASBO has released its annual report on school district spending.  The report examines school district spending and funding from school years 2005-06 to 2014-15. The study identifies a shift in the state and local shares of funding our public schools, the continued disparity in resources between high and low need districts, and the disproportionate long-term growth of school spending in non-general education categories.  

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December 2016

NYSASBO Releases State Aid Recommendations for 2017-18 School Year

The New York State Association of School Business Officials (NYSASBO) released its 2017-18 State School Aid proposal, which calls for a $1.9 billion increase in formula and categorical aids as well as targeted increases for CTE education, school nutrition, prior year adjustments and strategic resource planning for an additional $157 million in state support.

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November 2016

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Supporting Our Schools: A Comprehensive Study of New York State Foundation Aid

NYSASBO released this week a report on New York State Foundation Aid with recommendations for legislative action for school year 2017-18. The report is the result of seven months of work by the NYSASBO Foundation Aid Task Force, comprised of 17 school business officials from around the state representing high, medium and low need school districts. The report will be discussed at a Symposium sponsored by NYSASBO and the Rockefeller Institute of Government on October 18.

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October 2016

Increase in Overrides and Decrease in Voter Turnout

NYSASBO released its annual School District Budget Votes report, which analyzes data from the State Education Department regarding school budget votes that occurred across the state on May 17 and the nine re-votes that occurred on June 21.

This year, 99 percent of budgets passed at the first opportunity— that continued a trend of passage rates above 90% that started with the advent of the Great Recession. However, this year saw a jump in the number of attempted tax-cap overrides—36 attempts in the May vote, up from 19 last year. Read the report here. 

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June 2016

Districts Report Levy Increases Close to Zero for 2016-17 

The State Education Department released Property Tax Report Card data for school year 2016-17 on May 3. The Property Tax Report Card includes information on the change in tax levies, proposed spending, and enrollment for 669 independent school districts. The fiscally dependent Big 5 city school districts are not required to file this information and are not included. To give context to these multi-year data, we also note the point in time when two caps were added to the laws governing school finance: a tax cap limiting local revenues for education, and a state aid cap limiting the growth in state aid to the growth in personal income, subject to override by an act of the legislature and approved by the governor. We examined data, where possible, from school year 2010-11 to 2016-17. We conclude with recommendations informed by these data. Read the report here. 

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May 2016


Research Note: Increase in School District Health Care Costs Exceeds Tax Cap

A recent survey of New York State school districts shows that for the 2016-17 school year, New York State schools will be facing an increase statewide of six percent in their health care premiums. See map on next page. In spite of this large increase, the tax cap based on last year’s inflation rate only allows school districts a 0.12 percent increase in their local levies. The increase allowed under the tax cap will produce approximately $25 million. The average annual increase in health care costs over the past five years has been $127 million...

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March 2016


82 School Districts Experience Negative Tax Caps: More Overrides Expected for 2016-17

This NYSASBO report shows the negative impact of a record-low property tax cap for 2016-17. Our analysis shows that 520 districts have tax caps below two percent and 82 will have negative levies. Tax cap changes reported by individual school districts ranged from -20.7 percent to 38 percent. Districts are proposing an average increase of 0.9 percent in their tax levy for next year. Fourty-two districts are seeking overrides. Read the report here.

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March 2016


Third Annual School District Factbook

The Factbook was designed for use by state policymakers, especially state legislators. It includes maps of 674 school districts including the Big 5 city school districts in each legislative district and information on each school district including spending per pupil, state operating and building aid, and the percentage of each school district’s area that is included in each legislative district. Again this year data are included for each school district on outstanding Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) reductions and Foundation Aid still due to fully implement the foundation formula enacted in 2007.

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January 2016

NYSASBO Releases Fulfilling the Education Promise: A Proposal on State Aid to School Districts for School Year 2016-17

The New York State Association of School Business Officials (NYSASBO) released its 2016-17 School Aid Proposal which calls for a $2.3 billion increase in school aid that would improve adequacy, equity, and transparency so that districts can provide students with the opportunity to graduate career and college ready.


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November 2015


NYSASBO Issues 2015 Legislative Report Card

The New York State Association of School Business Officials (NYSASBO) released its first annual Legislative Report Card that grades state legislators on their votes on funding proposals and legislation that impact school finances.


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Updated December 2015


NYSASBO Releases Analysis of School District Spending

The study identified that school spending moderated considerably since 2009 (the onset of the Great Recession) and continued under the Tax Cap. The report also highlights the continued disparity in resources between high and low need districts despite several years of school aid increases.


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September 2015


NYSASBO Releases 2013-14 New York State School Finance:  A Year in Review

This is a compilation of NYSASBO reports relating to the 2013-14 School Year.

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August 2015

Changes to the New York State Tax Cap: What are they and what is the potential benefit to school districts?

The 2015 legislative session concluded with two adjustments to the Tax Cap that reflected priorities of NYSASBO and the Education Conference Board. The changes relate to excluding school district local capital expenditures for BOCES instructional space and counting payments in lieu of taxes from tax exempt properties in the calculation of each school district’s allowable tax levy limit.

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July 2015

NYSASBO Releases Analysis of 2015 School District Budget Vote Results

The New York State Association of School Business Officials (NYSASBO), released its analysis of the 2015 School District Budget Vote Results.

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June 2015

NYSASBO Releases Analysis of 2015-16 Property Tax Report Cards

The New York State Association of School Business Officials (NYSASBO), released today its analysis of the 2015-16 Property Tax Report Cards submitted by school districts to the State Education Department, which details school spending, tax levy and enrollment data.

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May 2015

NYSASBO Releases 2015-16 Budget Analysis

The New York State Association of School Business Officials (NYSASBO), released its analysis of the 2015-16 state budget on April 9, 2015.


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April 2015

NYSASBO Releases School District Fiscal Snapshot


This report provides a fiscal snapshot of the financial condition of New York State school districts, as part of a continuing series of NYSASBO studies. It presents data from 667 independent school district annual financial reports and personnel master file for the 2013-14 school year. 

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March 2015 

Tax Cap adjustments can help schools balance student needs, fiscal stability, and taxpayer concerns


Report from NYSASBO together with the Education Conference Board 

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Februrary 2015 

Second Annual School District Factbook

The Factbook was designed for use by state policymakers, especially state legislators. It includes maps of the school districts in each legislative district as well as information on each school district including recent budget results, spending per pupil, state operating and building aid, and the percentage of each school district’s area that is included in each legislative district. New this year are data for each school district on outstanding Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) reductions and Foundation Aid still due to fully implement the Foundation Formula enacted in 2007.

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 January 2015

   

NYSASBO Releases Analysis of School District Spending

The New York State Association of School Business Officials (NYSASBO) released an analysis of school district spending and revenues.

The study examined school district spending and funding over a ten-year period. The study identified both a shift in the state and local shares of funding for public schools and the disproportionate growth of school spending in non-general education categories. 

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 September 2014

Fall 2014 Reporter

State Aid to School Districts in New York State
An Overview Based on the Laws of 2014

This report provides a primer of New York State school finance. It includes a description of the number and different type of school districts in New York State, revenue sources for public schools, where the education dollar is spent and the growth in school spending over the years. It describes how major state aid formulas work and factors that have driven aid to school districts over the years, the Foundation Aid formula that was enacted into law in 2007, legislative action for 2014 pertaining to state aid to school districts and tax relief, and school finance issues from the point of view of education.

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August 2014 

School Budget Vote Synopsis 2014-15: Updated with Second Vote Results

The first round of school budget votes for the 2014-15 school fiscal year was held on May 20, 2014 for 676 districts across

New York State. Out of 676 school budget votes, 664 or 98 percent passed and 12 or two percent were defeated in the
first attempt. When a budget is defeated, the district may choose to go to a contingency budget or hold a revote the third
Tuesday in June. At the revote, a district may either submit the same budget proposal, or a revised one. If the proposed
budget was defeated again, the district must operate on a contingency budget. A contingency budget is limited to the
same property tax levy as the previous year.

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 July 2014


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NYSASBO Releases Analysis of School District Budget Vote Results 

The New York State Association of School Business Officials (NYSASBO) released an analysis of the results of school district budget votes on May 20, 2014.

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 June 2014


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The 2014-15 State Budget Analysis

Using the 2014-15 legislative data files, we examined the impact of the budget on New York State school districts. We examined impacts of total aid, foundation aid and the Gap Elimination Adjustment and its restoration for school districts grouped by region and by need and resource capacity category.

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April 2014

 

NYSASBO Releases Report on School Mergers 

The New York State Association of School Business Officials (NYSASBO) recently released a report that examines the history of school district mergers, current trends, obstacles and recommendations for the future.

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 April 2014

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The Road Ahead: School District Insolvency 

This study examined recent data to determine whether school districts are on the road to either educational or financial insolvency or both. The report focused on professional staffing losses and fund balances maintained by 671 New York State school districts excluding the Big Five city school districts.

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January 2014

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First Annual NYS School District Factbook

The NYS School District Factbook was produced by NYSASBO and made specifically for use by NYS legislators. It includes maps of the school districts in their legislative district as well as information on each school district including recent budget results, spending per pupil, state operating and building aid, and the percentage of each school district’s area that is included in their legislative district among other relevant data.

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Janurary 2014

 

 

 

 

Proposal on State Aid to School Districts for School Year 2014-15

This proposal makes recommendations to support the critical path of school district leaders, including boards of education, superintendents, business officials and instructional leadership, to prepare students to be college and career ready.

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 December 2013

 

School Budget Vote Synopsis 2013-2014

"The first round of school budget votes for the 2013-2014 school fiscal year took place on May 21, 2013 for 676 districts across New York State. Out of 676 school budget votes, 644 or 95.3% passed and 32 or 4.7% were defeated in the first attempt..."

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July 2013

  

 

School District Fiscal Report: A Tale of Two Insolvencies

This report looks at the unrestricted fund balances (or “savings”) of School Districts throughout the state in order to provide a clear picture of the fiscal health of our educational system.

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September 2012