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Senate and Assembly Release Budget Proposals

This week, the Senate and Assembly released their legislative one-house budgets for 2018-19.  NYSASBO staff will continue to analyze each proposal and how they compare to NYSASBO’s proposals as well as proposals by the Board of Regents and the Executive.

 

Senate Proposal

  • $957 million increase in education funding, for a total proposed  allocation of $26.7 billion
    • $717.2 million increase in Foundation Aid. Modifies the Executive’s proposed formula
    • Full funding of expense-based aids and rejects proposed expense-based aid caps
    • Provides flexibility in Community Schools Aid and allocates $250,000 for mental health grants
  • Rejects Executive’s proposal to reduce reimbursement for Summer School Special Education
  • Accelerates state aid payments for special education students that enroll in school after the school year has begun
  • Provides a salary increase in the aidable limit on BOCES CTE teachers' salaries to $35,000
  • Rejects Executive’s proposal to limit prior year adjustments.  Proposes to apply prior year adjustments toward state aid recoveries.
  • Requires Big 5 to  submit school level  funding plans to the Commissioner of Education and rejects approval of spending plans for all other districts
  • Proposes several school safety measures including providing aid to reimburse districts for enhanced security
  • Bans lunch shaming and provides  $10 million increase in reimbursement when 25% of lunch products are purchased from NYS farmers, growers, producers, and processors
  • Provides Building Aid amnesty to districts subject to aid loss

 

Assembly Proposal

  • $1.5 billion increase in education funding, for a total allocation of $27.1 billion
    • $1.2 billion increase in Foundation Aid with a commitment to a four-year phase-in of the Foundation Aid formula
    • Full funding of expense-based aids and rejects proposed expense-based aid caps
    • $50 million increase to Community Schools Aid set-aside with intent to create a separate aid category for Community Schools Aid in future years and $1.5 million increase in Mental Health Grant
  • Rejects Executive’s proposal to reduce reimbursement for Summer School Special Education
  • Provides Building Aid amnesty to districts subject to aid loss
  • Authorizes school districts to establish a TRS reserve fund
  • Provides a multi-year increase in the aidable limit on BOCES teachers' salaries and increases in special services aid for career and technical education
  • Increases the BOCES district superintendent salary cap  
  • Exempts school districts’ BOCES capital expenses from the property tax cap
  • Allows district aid recoveries to go toward paying down prior year aid claims
  • Allocates $7 million for the Supportive Schools Grant Program and to implement the Dignity for All Students Act
  • Provides $10 million for schools that spend 30% of their total lunch costs on foods from NYS farmers, growers, producers, and processors

A chart comparing the Senate, Assembly, and Executive budget proposals can be found here.


NYSASBO will keep you posted as the legislative session progresses.  Please contact Brady Regan, Deputy Director of Government Relations & School Services with any questions.  Additional information can be found on the NYSASBO Advocacy website under State Budget.

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