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Statement on Senate and Assembly Budget Proposals

“School boards applaud the state Senate and Assembly for putting New York’s public school students atop their list of funding priorities. In separate budget proposals, both houses restored funds for education and rejected harmful cost shifts proposed by the governor.  However, even with the proposed state aid restorations, schools are still left to grapple with a major funding cut.

“This week, State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli noted in a report that school districts have been reducing spending while the housing market is collapsing, debt levels are rising, costs are increasing and the ability to generate local revenue is drying up.

“The truth is that when the state backs away from its funding commitment to schools, either the local taxpayer picks up the tab, or students lose out on educational opportunities.”

—Submitted by NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer