Fourth Annual School Finance Symposium

 

October 18, 2016, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Rockefeller Institute of Government, 411 State Street, Albany, NY

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In its 2016 budget, New York State ended the cuts and freezes in funding for public schools that have occurred since the economic downturn that began in 2008. This changed the school finance conversation from one focused on restoring cuts to one focused on providing an education system where all students have the opportunity to be successful.

The state’s support of education is currently realized by the $21 billion Foundation Aid formula, enacted in 2007 but never fully phased in. The formula currently lacks $3.8 billion for full funding. The goal of this symposium is to discuss and gain support for good ideas related to the State’s rollout of Foundation Aid that will provide the resources schools need to offer a meaningful education to all students. This thoughtful discussion will provide direction and focus to the state’s future efforts to support its schools. 

 

Panel Members

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Susan Arbetter

Albany Correspondent and Host of the Capitol Pressroom

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James R. Tallon, Jr.

Regent and Chair of the Regents Subcommittee on State Aid

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Michael Griffith

School Finance Strategist, Education Commission of the States

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Suzanne Slack

Chief Financial Officer, Syracuse City School District and member of NYSASBO Task Force on Foundation Aid

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Deborah Cunningham

Director of Education and Research, NYSASBO

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John Yinger

Trustee Professor of Public Administration and Economics at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University

 

Supporting our Schools

New York State school business officials, our education CFO’s, are leading this conversation consistent with their mission to use public resources efficiently and effectively to help school districts achieve their education goals. In this symposium, our education CFO’s don their statewide hats to advise New York State how to efficiently and effectively use education resources to achieve state goals.

This NYSASBO-Rockefeller Institute of Government school finance symposium will explore the opportunities, challenges and solutions for providing basic support to New York’s public schools. It will examine in depth New York’s Foundation Aid formula—its goals, its major components, what it was intended to accomplish, what it should accomplish, and how to realize the maximum potential of a state school funding system that provides the opportunity for all of the state’s children to receive a meaningful high school education.

Panelists will provide an overview of Foundation Aid and discuss in detail its strengths and weaknesses. Topics include determining the cost of providing a sound basic education, appropriate weightings for students that need extra time and help, equalizing aid for the ability to raise revenues locally, accountability, regional cost differences, local share, and phasing in the formula. The panel will present recommendations for the 2017 legislative session from a NYSASBO Task Force on Foundation Aid.

 

Agenda

1:00 PM

Welcome

Robert E. Bullock, Deputy Director for Operations, Rockefeller Institute of Government

Michael Borges, Executive Director, NYS Association of School Business Officials

1:10 PM

Why is this important?

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Susan Arbetter, Moderator

1:30 PM

The policy perspective:  How does New York's formula compare with other states?

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Slides

Michael Griffith

1:45 PM

The research perspective:  What is needed to provide a meaningful education to all of our students?

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John Yinger

2:00 PM

The state perspective:  what are Regents priorities for funding education?

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James R. Tallon, Jr.

2:15 PM

The local perspective: What has NYSASBO done to engage local school officials?

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Deborah Cunningham

2:30 PM

The local perspective:  What are recommendations for legislative action for school year 2017-18?

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Suzanne Slack

2:45 PM

Engaging the Audience

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Susan Arbetter

4:00 PM

Adjourn

 

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