Learn about the Issues that are Impacting Our School District

The NY State Legislature passed a budget for 2011-2012 with the largest education decrease in history.  While the average reduction in the state is approximately seven percent, most poor rural school districts have seen their aid reduced by much higher percentages.  Additionally, averages do not tell the real story.  Below are the per pupil aid losses of many districts in our region:

2011-12 Gap Elimination Adjustment per Student

  2011-2012 Aid Lost per Student

State Average Loss per Pupil $937

School District

 

Loss in Aid Per Pupil 11-12 Enacted Budget

Amount (Below) or Above Statewide Average

ALFRED ALMOND

Allegany County

($1,938)

($1,001)

BELFAST

 

($1,577)

($640)

SCIO

 

($1,476)

($539)

WHITESVILLE

 

($1,418)

($481)

CUBA-RUSHFORD

 

($1,411)

($474)

ANDOVER

 

($1,399)

($462)

GENESEE VALLEY

 

($1,367)

($430)

CANASERAGA

 

($1,355)

($418)

FILLMORE

 

($1,279)

($342)

FRIENDSHIP

 

($1,272)

($335)

WELLSVILLE

 

($1,206)

($269)

BOLIVAR-RICHBG

 

($1,315)

($378)

 

Now Compare the Per Pupil Aid Cuts on Long Island

 

School District

 

Loss in Aid Per Pupil 11-12 Enacted Budget

Amount (Below) or Above Statewide Average

CARLE PLACE

Nassau County

($582)

$355

MASSAPEQUA

 

($541)

$396

LYNBROOK

 

($534)

$403

LAWRENCE

 

($533)

$404

FLORAL PARK

 

($529)

$408

NEW HYDE PARK

 

($517)

$420

PLAINVIEW

 

($492)

$445

ROCKVILLE CENT

 

($476)

$461

GLEN COVE

 

($474)

$463

HERRICKS

 

($468)

$469

HEWLETT WOODME

 

($462)

$475

MINEOLA

 

($408)

$529

 

 

 

The map below shows the average per pupil loss in state aid by county. The average per pupil loss in state aid is $1,019. Allegany County lost $1,484 in aid per student during the current school year.
Map

By comparison, Westchester County lost $722 per student while Nassau County lost $733 per student.  Districts in those two counties provide students several Advanced Placement courses, electives and extra-curricular opportunities while having a loss in state aid per student that is below the average statewide reduction figure.

These numbers reveal a serious inequity for students in Allegany County and other rural areas in our state. As Fillmore Central School moves forward with budget planning for 2013-14, it is essential that residents of rural communities voice their concerns with our lawmakers about the injustice that exists across the state when making comparisons in aid figures. Our lawmakers need to understand the need to advocate for all students in all locations of our state when utilizing an aid formula that would provide equal learning opportunities for all students, the end result being a budget that would create equity and fairness to students statewide.