2017-18 state budget includes $1.1 billion
education funding increase, preserves Foundation Aid formula
On Sunday, April 9, New York lawmakers
approved a 2017-18 state budget that calls for an overall increase
in education funding of $1.1 billion, or 4.4 percent.
Lawmakers enacted the budget nine days after
the April 1 state budget deadline, providing school district leaders
with critical state aid information as they finalize school budget
proposals for the 2017-18 school year. Voters will consider those
proposals during the statewide school budget vote day on Tuesday,
The overall state aid increase includes $700
million in additional Foundation Aid and growth of $289 million in
state reimbursements for designated expenses such as transportation,
construction and BOCES services. These are the predominant sources
of state funding for everyday school operations and capital
The remainder of the state aid increase
includes additional funding for charter schools and increased state
support for a variety of school initiatives, including afterschool
programming, prekindergarten and school technology. The $1.1 billion
increase is less than the $1.5 billion that the Educational
Conference Board, a coalition of statewide education groups, said
last fall would be necessary to preserve current school services
next year. The Board of Regents had recommended an increase of $2.1
The budget preserves the Foundation Aid
formula for distributing school aid, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo had
proposed to discontinue in his executive budget proposal in January.
Foundation Aid was enacted in 2007 to ensure all school districts
have the funding needed to provide students with a sound, basic
The 2017-18 state budget supports several
other programs and initiatives related to education:
• Prekindergarten: The budget provides an
additional $5 million to continue the expansion of half-day and
full-day prekindergarten programs for three- and four-year-old
children in high-need school districts.
• Community Schools: Total Foundation Aid
includes a $150 million “set aside” for community schools, an
increase of $50 million over 2016-17. The funding will continue
efforts to turn schools designated as struggling, as well as those
in other high-need districts, into community hubs that provide
academic, physical and mental health care, afterschool programming
and other services to students and their families.
• Afterschool Programming: The budget includes
$35 million in new funding to expand afterschool programs for
students in schools located in designated high-poverty areas. This
new funding will create an additional 22,000 spots for students in
• Technology: The budget includes $5 million
to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in
• Charter schools: The budget includes a $5.6
million increase in charter school funding.
• Early College High School: The budget
includes $5.3 million to add new early college high school programs,
with a focus on developing computer science programs, and nearly
$1.5 million for the continuation of existing programs.
• Advanced Placement Test Assistance for
Families: The budget includes an additional $1.5 million to help
low-income students with the cost of taking AP exams.
• Empire State Excellence in Teaching
Awards: The budget provides $400,000 for a second round of Empire
State Excellence in Teaching awards, providing at least 60 selected
teachers across the state with a $5,000 award for professional
• Cyberbullying: The budget provides $300,000
to fund certain school-based initiatives to combat cyberbullying and
other forms of online harassment.
• STAR: More than $3.15 billion of the state
budget will fund New York’s STAR (School Tax Relief) and Enhanced
STAR exemptions for property taxpayers. The budget does not hold the
value of STAR exemptions at existing levels, as was proposed by the
governor in January.
Governor Cuomo announces passage of the FY
2018 state budget
Senate Passes 2017-18 State Budget
• Enacted state budget (New York State Division of the Budget)
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