• Since becoming governor in 2011, Andrew Cuomo has shown repeatedly that he will not comply with the landmark State Court of Appeals decision in Campaign for Fiscal Equity v. The State of New York and provide the funding necessary to make systemic and lasting improvements in schools in economically disadvantaged communities across the state.
• The Governor and members of his administration have aggressively and consistently misrepresented his actions on education funding.
• A recent assertion by the Cuomo administration that the court decision in had no bearing on Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s action in 2007 to create Foundation Aid is not true.
» Budget materials from 2007 from the Executive, Senate, and Assembly all link Foundation Aid directly to the court decision.
• The Cuomo administration’s assertion that the Governor is not proposing to eliminate the Foundation Aid formula for 2017-2018 is not true.
» The State Assembly’s Review and Analysis of the 2017-18 Executive Budget states: “The Executive eliminates the Foundation Aid formula and the future obligation of $4.3 billion.”
• Foundation Aid formula is not simply a method for dividing funding between school districts. It is a formula that, according to the State Education Department, “distributes funds to school districts based on the cost of providing an adequate education.”
»Foundation Aid for school districts is based on factors including the prevalence of student poverty, disability and English language learners, regional costs and other economic conditions in a given community. If it is fully funded, it will provide high-need school districts with the resources needed to meet their students’ needs.