We call upon Governor Cuomo and the Legislature to include the following investments in New York’s SFY22 budget:
- Restore 2020 aid withholding and do not cut P-12 education funding in New York in SFY22. After a year of unstable and inequitable education, New York students will need more support than ever before. School budgets will be stretched with added costs of PPE, cleaning supplies and possibly additional staff to deliver compensatory educational services. This is no time to shortcut education aid.
- Fully fund Foundation Aid. The formula that was created in 2007 to provide a predictable, stable and transparent method of achieving greater funding equity for those school districts that need it the most has not been fully funded or used since 2009. Currently, the state is $3.8 billion behind its legal and constitutional obligation to provide Foundation Aid.
Locally, we hope to influence the RCSD to enact the following recommendations.