Assembly Budget Proposal Increases School Aid by $806.4 Million
Provides $40.3 million for SUNY community colleges and $16.6 million for CUNY community colleges
March 12, 2012
Assemblywoman Rhoda Jacobs (D-Flatbush) announced the Assembly passed a budget proposal that increases school aid by $806.4 million and increases community college funding by $56.9 million (K.1023). Investing in education Specifically, the proposal increases school aid by $806.4 million and honors the two-year commitment made in 2011-12 to increase school aid by approximately 4 percent. The proposal directs $178 million to school districts through a renewed commitment to Foundation Aid. Additionally, the Assembly budget proposal:
- provides $38 million in expense-based aids and rejects the plan to freeze this aid;
- restores $10.2 million to teacher resource and computer-training centers;
- increases aid to public libraries by $1 million, providing $80 million in total funding;
- increases support for the Comprehensive Attendance Policy program for non-public schools by $1 million for a total of $27.2 million; and
- increases adult literacy education by $1 million for a total of $5.2 million.
- $3.5 million to the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), providing $24.3 million;
- $1.7 million to Liberty Partnerships, providing $12.5 million;
- $1 million to the Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP), providing $10.8 million; and
- $778,000 to the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP), providing $8.2 million.