- 2016 represents a key victory with the inclusion of $175 million for community schools. This is essential for expanding opportunity in poor communities and communities of color. Community schools are schools that combine services for the students and their families and include substantial parent and community engagement. We also won a $1.35 billion increase in total school aid with $627 million going to Foundation Aid to help high need school districts. Finally, $22 million was allocated for pre-K for three-year-olds, but only to schools that already have universal pre-K. For more information on the budget, click here.
- 2015 represents our best year yet. We won $1.6 billion in school funding, including $1.3 in direct aid to schools. We also received $75 million to improve struggling schools and had our voices heard by the Board of Regents on the receivership. Pre-Kindergarten was awarded $30 million for upstate and suburban schools. We defeated the education tax credit, which would have reimbursed millionaires and billionaires for their donations to privately run schools — mainly charter and parochial schools. Finally, we did not see a major increase in the charter school cap. For more information on budget, click here, or on the ends of session deals on education, click here.
Read more about 2015 here.
- 2014 won an $500 million more than was proposed by the Governor’s budget. This increase was larger than the amount proposed in either one-house budget bill. The budget also included $300 million more in state fund for pre-K in New York City and $40 million for the rest of the state. For more highlights from 2014, click here.
- 2013 won $926 million in school aid including $300 million added by the legislature to the Executive Budget proposal. This includes $363 million for New York City. The penalty for NYC DOE’s failure to negotiate a teacher evaluation deal is a one year penalty instead of multi-year. Won full-day pre-K initiative.
- 2012 over $800 million in new school aid as a result of the millionaires tax campaign and $200 million shifted out of competitive grants and into school aid.
- 2011 played major role in extension of modified millionaires tax that produces $2.5 billion in state revenues annually. Also won $200 million in school aid restorations.
- 2009 won changes to NYC school governance law that created public hearings and Educational Impact Statements on school closings and co-locations. These have stopped a few closings and co-locations and have provided a mechanism to organize around. In addition, through our campaign the Independent Budget Office education division was created and funded.
- 2009 played major role in Fair Share Tax Reform campaign that won millionaires tax that produced $5 billion in annual state revenues
- Between November 2008 and September 2009 prevented over $2.1 billion in proposed school cuts statewide.
- 2008—Keep the Promises Coalition resulted in$300 million in additional state school aid for New York City and restoration of $132 million in New York City funding restorations for Department of Education. This included investments in CEJ Middle School Success Plan and Student Success Centers.
- 2007—Campaign for Fiscal Equity victory resulted in state commitment to provide $5.5 billion in foundation aid increases and $7 billion in total increases over 4 years. For two years the state met its obligations, increasing classroom aid by $2.3 billion which resulted in effective reforms in classrooms around the state. But then in 2009 as a result of the fiscal crisis school aid was frozen. Then over the following two years the state enacted over $2.7 billion in cuts, including over $2.1 billion in classroom cuts, in effect reversing CFE. Now the state is finally adding back some of the funds that were cut, but none are being added to get CFE restarted.