Two Call Tuesday!

Two Call Tuesday!

The fight for school equity is NOT over.

Two Senators have been identified as having power in deciding how the $203 million fiscal stabilization will be distributed. We need to contact them by phone and fast! Our calls must be made early this week.

Call:

Senator John Flanagan, (District 2) Chair

New York State Senate Standing Committee on Education

flanagan@nysenate.gov

Albany Office:

Room 805 Legislative Office Building

Albany, NY 12247

Phone: 518-455-2071

 

Senator John DeFrancisco (District 50) Chair

New York State Senate District Finance Committee

jdefranc@nysenate.gov

Albany Office:

416 Capitol

Albany, NY 12247

Phone: (518) 455-3511

Tell Them:

You are concerned about how $203 million in “Fiscal Stabilization” funds for schools will be allocated.

The distribution should be based on actual fiscal distress like:

  • High per pupil Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) (This has happened in many average needs districts)
  • Declining or non-existent Fund Balance (nothing to fall back on)
  • Substantial job loss has already occurred  (Districts that have not had layoffs are not in distress!)

Tell Them:

It has already been shown that the school aid funding formula is inequitable.  Do not use this as a way to distribute this money.

You have a chance to make a real difference for the schools that are close to being insolvent and who have already made dramatic reductions to their educational programs

  • Some local districts have lost almost $6000/pupil in the last 4 years.
  • Some local districts have cut 20% or more of their staff.
  • These are districts are in lowest 20% in state for administrative costs/pupil

Engage Them:

First, ask for a real person, don’t leave a message!

Ask Them:

Ask a question at the end – that way they need to get back to you!

What are the plans for this money?
Will the process be transparent?
Will you follow-up with me about the plan for this money?
What else can I do or whom else can I contact about this?

Thank Them: 

Thank then for their time and for leading NY in providing a fair and excellent education to ALL NY students.

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