New York owes high-needs school districts billions, says report

Monday, August 11, 2014

High-need schools in New York State have missed out on a disproportionate amount of cash during the past several years compared with school districts in wealthier areas, a new report states.

The report, prepared by activist groups Alliance for Quality Education and Opportunity Action, says in addition to being behind on what it owes to schools -- $5.9 billion -- the state owes 2.3 times more to high-need schools than wealthy ones.

The amount includes $1 billion in gap elimination adjustment funds stemming from cuts made in 2010 and 2011. Foundation aid accounts for $4.9 billion, which was to be fulfilled by 2011 after the New York State Court of Appeals ruled that the state was in violation of students' constitutional rights to a "sound and basic education," the report says.

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