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1 NYS Constitution On November 20, 2006, the Court of Appeals handed down its decision. The Court affirmed that the state's constitution requires that every public school child in the State of New York has a right to a "sound basic education" defined as "a meaningful high school education“the Court of Appeals handed down its decision

2 Source of Data: NYSED School Aid Runs

3 OCSD’s aid per the Governor’s Budget Proposal (includes federal stimulus and excludes building aid) Fiscal YearState Aid% Change$ Change $6,164, $6,544, %$380, $6,922, %$377, $7,554, %$632, $7,781, %$227, $7,346, %($434,929) $6,489, %($857,092) $6,533, %$43,491 Receiving $1.25 million (-16%) less than in

4 Wealth Ratio Enrollment

5 State Aid & Budget Comparison $18,109,742 Wealth Ratio Enrollment

6 Wealth Ratio Enrollment

7 Wealth Ratio Enrollment

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9 Assemblyman Sam Roberts January E. Genesee St. Suite 103 Syracuse, NY Senator John DeFrancisco 800 State Office Building 333 East Washington Street Syracuse, NY I'm a resident in the Onondaga Central School District. I am very concerned about our children’s ability to compete effectively in the 21st century due to our schools inability to offer an educational program that is competitive with wealthier school districts. Wealthier school districts can raise more money through taxes to maintain extensive opportunities. The reality is poorer school districts in New York State are being shortchanged by declining state aid, a discriminatory tax cap, and no mandate relief. Imagine my dismay when I learned a neighboring school district couldn’t get their valedictorian into SUNY Geneseo because their strength of schedule wasn’t competitive. How can I keep this from happening in my backyard? I need your support! Please stop the movement towards an ever increasing “have” and “have not” education system in New York State by supporting a state aid distribution that offers equal opportunity and doesn’t impede student achievement in your legislative district. NameAddress 1 2

10 We recognize the fiscal limitations imposed on New York State’s ability to fund public education and that it’s a zero sum game. – HOWEVER, there is $250,000,000 that can still be directed to below average wealth school districts. How much of the $500M appropriated for performance and efficiency grants in was actually expensed? Where’s the research that an efficiency grant program positively impacts student achievement? Districts aren’t any less accountable for performance. Governor Cuomo recognized the inequity. We need to redirect the $250,000,000 to remedy the imbalance.

11 The Campaign for Fiscal Equity (via the NYS Court of Appeals) created a five year plan that was abandoned by Governor Paterson with his gap elimination adjustment (GEA). WHAT’S THE NEW FIVE YEAR PLAN? So, is it more of the same year to year hope and pray?

12 “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends” -Martin Luther King, Jr.


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