Support Foundation Aid
As a constituent who cares about quality public education in New York State, I am writing to ask for your support to fully fund the Foundation Aid formula within three years.
The Foundation Aid formula incorporates the cost of educating a student, the needs of students within each district, variations in regional costs and the district's local ability to support the cost of educating its students. The formula also serves as a way for districts to understand and plan for the level of state support that they should expect to receive in a given year. This level of funding is rooted in the ability of districts to provide their students with a sound basic education, as guaranteed by the State Constitution.
On average, only 38 percent of a school district's funding comes from the state. Accordingly, fully funding Foundation Aid is critically important.
After the 2016-17 school year, districts were owed $3.8 billion in Foundation Aid. After the 2019-20 school year, school districts were owed $3.4 billion. At the current rate, it will take 25 years — an entire generation — to fully fund the Foundation Aid formula.
As my elected representative in the state Legislature, I hope that you can join me in supporting a real commitment to implementing and fully funding the Foundation Aid formula within three years. The elimination of the GEA in the 2016-17 enacted budget should allow the state to now focus on the Foundation Aid formula as a vehicle to provide adequate and equitable funding for our schools.
I ask that you raise these important issues in conference and urge your leadership to strongly advocate for a full phase-in of the formula within three years.
I thank you for your consideration of these important issues and I would appreciate a reply to my correspondence.
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