LEGISLATIVE BUDGET PRIORITIES FOR FY 2018-19

SCHOOL AID INCREASE: $2.15 BILLION

FOUNDATION AID: $1.4 billion based on a three-year phase-in of the $4.2 billion owed
EXPENSE BASED AIDS: $300 million for reimbursement of schools for services such as transportation
PRE-K: $150 million in addition to the commitments the legislature already made
COMMUNITY SCHOOLS FUNDING: $50 million in new funding to expand community schools
• Renew $150 million in existing community schools funding: $75 million in receivership funding, and $75 million in community schools grants
ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS: $100 million (new funding)
SCHOOL CLIMATE REFORM AND MY BROTHER’S KEEPER: Add $50 million in new funding to the Speaker Carl Heastie’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative
$3.5 MILLION FOR ADULT LEARNING

CHILD CARE

Increase state investment by $100 million to expand access to quality child care and stabilize the child care workforce — the need is urgent. Currently the state serves only about 20% of the children eligible for subsidized child care, leaving working families without the crucial support they need to keep parents earning and children learning. We support the Empire State Child Care Campaign and the Winning Beginning NY coalition’s agenda to meet this urgent need. Child care and Head Start programs are vital partners with Pre-K in expanding early learning across the state.