New York State schools are owed more than $3.4 billion in Foundation Aid. Our schools and students are depending on the state to keep its promise. There is no lack of money in New York State.
Together, we can increase revenue to provide the education our students need and deserve.
Watertown, which is owed $11 million in Foundation Aid, has tried to tackle the growing needs by adding school counselors and a social worker, but they are stretched thin.
community need is outpacing the district’s ability to cope, and there is a massive resource gap: Ellenville is owed $4.3 million in state aid.
There is generational poverty and mental health issues that have gone undiagnosed and untreated. We are trying to break that cycle, but we can’t meet the needs.
A shortage of state funding means the district can offer only one social worker for every 2,000 students and only eight guidance counselors districtwide.
Students' emotional needs are greater. There’s more depression, more anxiety. Students are missing more days of school. The students need support.
There are libraries, but no librarians. There are over-crowded classrooms with water damage and students who won't have proper opportunities for their futures.
You might think a populous and prosperous town like White Plains would be immune to the effects of lacking foundation aid. You'd be wrong.
The district is owed over $8 million in state aid. At Bradt Primary School that means fewer teachers and support staff, even as student needs grow.
School districts all over New York State are affected by lack of funding. We need to hear how your district, your children are being impacted on a daily basis — and over the long term — by the state's continued inadequate education funding.
Tell us your story today.