SSFC REPORT: State Aid Formulas and NY Senate members are shortchanging our schools, children and communities
East Syracuse, NY (December 1, 2011): The Statewide School Finance Consortium (SSFC), a New York coalition representing over half of the state's public school systems, has issued a report that addresses long-standing disparities in state education aid funding, with a focus on the performance of the 20 state Senators who represent the more than 350 school districts that comprise SSFC membership.
The report is divided into two parts.
* Part I is an in-depth examination of state financial support of public school funding since 2007, when the Spitzer administration introduced the new Foundation Aid formula.
* Part II is a performance analysis of the 20 state Senators - 17 Republicans and 3 Democrats - who represent SSFC school districts. The analysis utilizes State Education Department financial aid data to illustrate the impact of funding cuts on per-pupil spending and property tax levy bases in each Senate district, with comparisons to similar communities in other parts of the state.
To read the full report, click here.
Among the report's conclusions:
The SSFC report was developed in advance of the upcoming state Legislative session and Executive Budget process to serve as a tool to help drive needed reform. The report's focus on the performance of the Senate was based on its particular role in shaping the education aid landscape in the late 1980's that has led to the present crisis for hundreds of New York's public schools.
According to Dr. Timbs, "some Senators that represent SSFC districts - like Senators DeFrancisco, Gallivan and Ritchie, have either introduced or are working with us to develop legislation that addresses our concerns. We deeply appreciate these efforts - but we've reached the point where we must have concrete results. Hundreds of school districts cannot wait any longer."