From Dana’s Desk
Our local school districts received some very good news recently. New York State Senate has finally killed the Gap Elimination Adjustment that had reduced the amount of aid to school districts for the past six years.
The cutback in State aid instituted in 2010 led school districts to eliminate crucial programming, limit Pre-K programs, lay off teachers, and cut back on music, art, and sports. NYS finally did the right thing by eliminating this punitive and harmful legislation targeting our school aged children.
The next challenge is to fix the 2 percent tax cap formula. Although it has successfully limited increases in property taxes, it has also been an arbitrary albatross around the necks of our school districts. We need to be diligent and continue to lobby our state legislators to eliminate or establish a tax cap that is more reasonable and consistent.