A 20% reduction in aid to New York's schools that is being considered as a budget gap closing measure for the current year (2020-21) would have enormous consequences for students and communities. No matter how it’s distributed, a 20% state aid loss would be financially devastating to our schools, students, staff, and teachers. Our community need state education funds — now more than ever! Please click the button below to share this opinion with our state legislators.
The New York State PTA, The Council of School Superintendents, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) and other education organizations are asking state policy makers to support schools and oppose any cuts to state aid for schools. They estimate that if a 20% reduction to all state-funded programs to schools were to occur, this would fall to 30%, which is lower than any year since 1940 when it was was first recorded.
- The enacted state budget already reduced state support for schools for 2020-21 by $1.1 billion through the Pandemic Adjustment
- A 20% state aid cut represents a $5.2 billion loss of funding
- A 20% reduction in state aid is roughly double the size of any other state aid cut in history
- Mid-year cuts are especially disruptive to students and districts’ fiscal stability
- A reduction of 20% of state aid would bring the state’s share of school funding to a historic low
Read the full NYS Educational Conference Board Factsheet for more information.
“The pandemic has shown us one thing; our schools can do amazing things for children in our most difficult times of need. From transforming into immediate online instruction, to find ways to feed our 2.6 million public school children overnight, our schools lead the way. Now, we must support them. Our children cannot withstand any cuts to programs or services. Cuts to school aid would have an everlasting effect on their learning – and we simply cannot allow that,” added NYS PTA President Dana Platin & Kyle Belokopitsky, NYS PTA Executive Director.