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Campaign for Fiscal Equity

Tue, Feb 15, 2011

CFE and AQE Testimony: Governor Cuomo's Budget Takes Back 100% of Remaining CFE Funds Statewide

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In testimony before a joint hearing of the New York State Assembly and Senate regarding Governor Cuomo’s proposed education budget the Campaign for Fiscal Equity and the Alliance for Quality Education presented a graph detailing how the Governor’s budget would take back the remaining dollars delivered under the historic 2007 settlement of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity. In 2007 the legislature and the governor agreed to increase foundation aid (basic classroom operating aid) by $5.5 billion over four years. Over 70% of this foundation aid goes to high need schools and districts in order to ensure every student has access to educational opportunity. In 2007-08 a foundation aid increase of $1.1 billion was enacted and in 2008-09 the enacted foundation aid increase totaled $1.2 billion. In 2009-10 state school aid was frozen, and in 2010-11 Governor Paterson enacted a $1.4 billion cut in state aid. Seventy nine percent (79%) of the cut, known as the Gap Elimination Adjustment, was in foundation aid ($1.1 billion) last year. In this year’s budget Governor Cuomo has proposed a record setting $1.5 billion cut in school aid with 79% being attributable to foundation aid. Governor Cuomo’s proposed foundation aid cut this year is $1.2 billion bringing schools to pre-CFE funding levels for foundation aid.

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