Thank You For Taking Action
NYSUT's online campaign - nearly 50,000 petition signatures and 86,000 faxes and web letters - called for the restoration of $200 million in operating aid that had been earmarked for competitive grants. Lawmakers in Albany heard your voice and restored the funding for the 2012-13 school year. The petition is now closed. Thank you.
This year, the Executive Budget proposes the restoration of $805 million in support to public schools. Unfortunately, $250 million is carved out in the form of a competitive grant program enacted as part of last year's state budget.
While the $805 million restoration proposed in the Executive Budget will help our schools build upon their progress, the decision to dedicate $250 million to a competitive program that will only benefit a few select districts is inappropriate and unfair.
We, the undersigned - educators, administrators, staff, parents, students and concerned citizens - ask you, our lawmakers in Albany, to move the $250 million increase from the competitive grant program into general operating aid, increasing support to all public schools. The addition of $250 million in general operating aid will allow all school districts greater flexibility as they work to restore critical programs and/or services for students within the confines of the 2% property tax cap law.
In this environment, it is simply unfair to award scarce resources to a handful of school districts when an overwhelming number of school districts have significant resource needs.
Every dollar in the classroom counts! We strongly urge that you reconsider this approach.
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