The New York State Senate voted earlier this week to approve its 2012-13 Senate Budget Resolution, which will form the basis for further negotiations with the Assembly and the Executive Branch on the final FY 2012-23 budget.
Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck), the Ranking Member of the Senate Education Committee, fought for several changes in the proposed Education budget that were included in the Senate Resolution. Chief among them was the proposal to reallocate $200 million from the Governor’s competitive performance grant program to increase State Aid to education.
“Reallocating these funds to the general education aid budget will benefit all school districts, not just a select few, and will be especially important to lower income districts that have struggled to maintain educational programs and services in this tough economy,” said Oppenheimer. Because the Senate proposal shifts funds from one educational program to another, it does not increase overall government spending from that proposed in Governor Cuomo’s fiscally prudent Executive budget.