« In Counter to Trump, California Gov. Jerry Brown Vows to Protect Immigrants | Main | Washington State Republicans Propose New Funding Formula »

N.Y. Lawmakers and Advocates Urge State to Increase School Funding

New York lawmakers are pressuring Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, to more quickly to meet a decade-old state Supreme Court order to increase the state education budget by billions of dollars, according to the radio station WNYC

New York's highest court ruled in 2006 that the state's funding formula left the state's schools billions of dollars short. In response to the lawsuit,  Campaign for Fiscal Equity v. State of New York, lawmakers built a new funding formula and promised to increase funding by $5.5 billion over the next four years. Instead, the state cut funding by $2.7 billion during the Great Recession.  

Cuomo has bragged in recent weeks that he's increased spending on the state's school system by more than $6 billion, though not all of that money went into the state's school funding formula. Opponents say that falls far short of the amount the court has ordered which they say would require a tax increase. Cuomo's budget this year calls for a $1 billion increase in education aid. The state spends around $60 billion a year on education.  

Alliance for Quality Education, a group dedicated to increased school funding, said in a statement to WNYC that the governor's budget this year is "an unprecendented assault on the education of students of color, students in poverty and immigrant students."  

During his opening speech this year, according to WNYC, Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said it's a priority to completely address the court ruling. 

"This year we will advance the goals of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity by setting a timetable to fully phase in foundational aid," Heastie said, according to WNYC. 

In an op-ed this week, Cuomo's deputy secretary for Health and Human Services, Paul Francis, said groups like the Alliance for Quality Education have "made up targets" and called it a "sham debate."  


Don't miss another State EdWatch post. Sign up here to get news alerts in your email inbox. And make sure to follow @StateEdWatch on Twitter for the latest news from state K-12 policy and politics. 

Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on edweek.org, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Follow This Blog

Advertisement

Most Viewed on Education Week

Categories

Archives

Recent Comments