Council, NYSSBA news releases: School budgeting choices — what and why

Thursday, March 24th, 2011 at 11:24 am by

Yesterday, the New York State School Boards Association released findings from a survey on the budgeting choices school districts are contemplating.

Among the key findings:  81 percent of districts anticipate laying-off classroom teachers if proposed state aid reductions are enacted, and majorities foresee reductions in extra help, extracurricular activities, athletics, and elective classes, as well as increased class sizes.

Today the Council released data illuminating why local school leaders are considering these grim choices:  nearly three-quarters of districts are receiving less aid this year than they did two years ago and if the proposed School Aid cuts are enacted the figure would rise above 90 percent.

Excluding Building Aid, which reimburses districts for capital expenditures, only two districts in the entire state (out of 676) would still have more aid in 2011-12 than they did in 2008-09, if the School Aid cuts go through.

To accommodate cuts in aid for the current school year, and a freeze on most aids in 2009-10, districts have already tried to achieve savings without affecting opportunities for students.

The Council released data showing aid changes for each district between 2008-09 and 2010-11 and between 2008-09 and 2011-12, if the Executive Budget School Aid reductions are enacted.

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