Supplementing education aid
The Aid to Localities budget bill includes extra education aid destined for school districts in mostly Democratically controlled school district.
This money is designed to iron out inefficiencies in the allocation of state education aid. The budget language says this additional funding, referred to as "Supplemental Valuation Impact Grants," is designed to add funding to districts that have experienced significant financial hardships because of "extraordinary" changes in their taxable property valuation.
A breakdown of the funding allocation from the budget bill is available below.
The funding includes $50,000 for the South Colonie Central School District, $50,000 for the North Colonie School District, $75,000 for the Amsterdam City School District, $50,000 for the Canajoharie Central School District, $25,000 for the Saint Johnsville School District, $100,000 for the Schalmont School District and $50,000 for the Rotterdam-Mohonasen School District.
These school districts are represented by Assembly members Phil Steck, D-Colonie, and Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam. The school districts in the Capital Region represented by minority members of the Assembly didn't receive any of this money.
This funding is in addition to $15 million in education aid that the Senate Majority has yet to allocate. Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, highlighted this issue during the Vampire budget debate and asked that needy schools be considered for this funding.
The Senate typically doles out this money later in the year with a resolution.
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