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NY school districts still face uncertainty amid state budget delays: Will Foundation Aid really be restored?

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New York’s delayed state budget is causing concern among school districts, with crucial decisions looming and the Foundation Aid formula’s future still uncertain. Governor Kathy Hochul has hinted at an update to the formula by next year, temporarily easing fears of losing the “hold harmless” provision which protects districts from receiving less aid than the year before. Despite this, schools nearing their budget deadlines remain anxious, especially without final school aid figures to guide their planning.


The ongoing negotiations and the proposed changes to Foundation Aid have stirred unease, with school districts preparing for property tax report cards and upcoming budget and school board elections without clear insight into state aid adjustments. The Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins indicated that the “hold harmless” clause might stay, a move that could shield districts from immediate financial strain, yet detailed adjustments to the formula are still under discussion, including setting the Foundation Aid inflation factor at 2.4%.

The debate extends beyond the budget numbers, touching on the evolving responsibilities of schools and the adequacy of the Foundation Aid formula to reflect current needs and population figures. Rick Timbs of the Statewide School Finance Consortium criticizes the proposed inflation factor adjustment as disconnected from current realities, emphasizing the expanded role of schools in providing comprehensive services to students. With the outcome of these discussions still pending, the education sector waits for clarity on funding and policy directions that will shape New York schools’ futures.