Presentations Covering Important Issues and Data
NEW DATA AND PRESENTATION (updated March 21, 2012)
JUST HOW MUCH HAS YOUR DISTRICT LOST?
Here's new data and an example presentation that you can use to show your public and legislators just how much your district has lost over the last few years.
• Exactly how much money has your district lost in:
o State Aid Cutbacks (Also called the GEA or the Gap Elimination Adjustment)?
o The Loss of State Fiscal Stabilization Funds (Also called SFSF) from the Federal Government?
o The JOBS Program from the Federal Government?
• And what does it all add up to?
• You will find out why your district is struggling to make ends meet in no time.
• Your strategies to balance your budgets included three things for each the last three years:
o Cutting programs
o Cutting Staff
o Using Fund Balance
• You can easily see your wealth factors that keep you disadvantaged by an inequitable and frozen state aid formula- called the Foundation Aid Formula. (Remember: It has also been frozen for the last four years.)
• You see how you have been disadvantaged if you have an IWI (Income Wealth Index) of less than .65 by the same Foundation Aid Formula. (Remember: Districts with an IWI of less than .65 are treated as if they had an IWI of .65 and the flow of aid to these less wealthy districts is not increased as would be expected.)
• You can see our FRPL (free and Reduced Price Lunch) percents that point to the depth of poverty in your school district and thus the need for greater resource and support from the state in any state aid plan.
• Although not on the chart carefully compare these data to your escalating mandated costs over the year and you will see why your district continues to lose ground.
• It should be noted that partial reimbursements for state incentivized in the form of expense driven aids ( BOCES Aid, Transportation Aid, Public and Private Excess Cost aid and Building Aid) have continued with their formulas unchanged. However, internal metrics in these formulas have changes and some have made your condition worse.
• It’s a fact- Almost every district in New York State receives less state aid and support in 2011-12 than they did in 2008-09. Hit hardest are high needs and low to average wealth districts across New York State. Wealthy district are left comparatively unscathed. These inequities must stop.
• Then, there’s the tax cap. That’s why it’s important to discuss with your public and legislators the fiscal and education stress your district currently experiences. Public support is critical for budget support and each budget and tax levy is the ground work for succeeding budgets and tax levies.
• Please use these data as part of your public educational process.
Download the data here.