Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the launch of a groundbreaking school funding transparency website, the latest step toward a more open and equitable education system. The new site offers the ability to view and download data at the school district level and – for the first time – the school building level. In addition, an easy to use visualization tool including an interactive map allows the user to select a district and school, leading to the display of that school’s overall funding allocation, per pupil funding allocation, allocation by funding source, school enrollment and student demographic data.
“New Yorkers have the right to know how much is being spent at their school, and for too long these decisions were being made in the dark,” Governor Cuomo said. “When we understand where the money actually goes, we can begin to address funding inequalities and ensure every child gets the best shot at a quality education.”
The initial launch includes data from the 76 school districts required to submit school-level funding data for the 2018-19 school year. An additional 230 school districts will be added in the second year and, beginning in 2020, all 674 school districts receiving Foundation Aid will be required to submit data that will be reflected on the website.
The FY 2019 Enacted Budget included landmark legislation directing school districts to report school-level financial data. Most school districts have multiple schools, each with a unique profile and student population, yet the State had never collected and disseminated data on how funds are distributed within a school district at the school building level. As a result, neither the sufficiency of funding for all students nor the efficacy of the existing local/State partnership for education funding has been fully understood.
Through the website, parents, lawmakers and the public will better understand how funding determinations are made and how those decisions interact with school performance, race, poverty and student need.