PRESS RELEASE: Gov. Cuomo’s Proposed Repeal of Foundation Aid Exceeds Anything DeVos & Trump could Cut from NYS Schools
Gov. Cuomo’s Proposed Repeal of Foundation Aid Exceeds Anything DeVos & Trump could Cut from NYS Schools
Albany, NY (February 13, 2017) — The Alliance for Quality Education publicly released a letter sent Monday to Senators Catharine Young and Carl Marcellino and Assembly Members Denny Farrell and Cathy Nolan, the chairpersons overseeing the education budget hearing scheduled for Tuesday in Albany. The letter calls on them to reject Governor Cuomo’s plan in this year’s budget to repeal $4.3 billion in Foundation Aid and points out that this far exceeds the size of any cuts threatened by Donald Trump and his Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Read the full letter here.
The letter states that New York State’ schools currently receive $2.5 billion in federal funding, the majority of which supports economically disadvantaged students and students with disabilities. By contrast, Governor Cuomo is proposing to repeal the Foundation Aid formula and the $4.3 billion that is owed to New York public schools as a result of the statewide settlement to the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit.
The loss of funding from Governor Cuomo’s proposed repeal of the Foundation Aid commitment exceeds the total of all federal funding for New York schools by $1.8 billion. During his campaign Donald Trump repeatedly said he would make cuts to federal education funding in order to finance private school vouchers. The majority of Foundation Aid supports economically disadvantaged students and students with disabilities — those same students that would be impacted by any potential decrease of federal education funding for New York State.
The letter concludes by urging the chairpersons to decisively reject Governor Cuomo’s proposed repeal of $4.3 billion in Foundation Aid at Tuesday’s budget hearing.
“Governor Cuomo claims to be a progressive leader, but his Trump-like actions would do great damage to our public school students,” said Jasmine Gripper, Legislative Director, Alliance for Quality Education. “Governor Cuomo should be looking for ways to protect our state from the harmful policies of Trump and DeVos, instead, his budget could actually do the greatest harm to our public schools. Our students need New York’s elected leaders to stand up for children by resisting the attacks on public education by Trump, DeVos and Cuomo.”