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.

“I’m working to make sure our schools have the funding they need to give our children the quality education they need to succeed in life,” Jacobs said. “Adequate state funding for our schools equals better education opportunities for our children and less of a tax burden on our hardworking families.”

Preserving higher education funding

The Assembly budget proposal increases support to $2,327 per-FTE student for a total of $40.3 million for SUNY community colleges and $16.6 million for CUNY community colleges. The base aid increase is $205 per-FTE student, the first community college base aid increase since SFY 2007-08.

In addition, the budget proposal provides $1.6 million to SUNY child-care centers, a $653,000 restoration, and $1.3 million to CUNY child-care centers, a $544,000 restoration. It also adds $170 million in capital funding for CUNY.

“The Assembly is committed to increasing aid for community colleges, helping keep the dream of a college education in reach for even more working families,” said Jacobs.

The proposal also provides $968.6 million for SUNY state-operated colleges and $523.5 million for CUNY senior colleges and $87.8 million for SUNY hospitals.

Additionally, the Assembly budget proposal restores:

  • $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.

“The SUNY/CUNY system is well known for providing a top-notch education at a reasonable cost and allows higher education to remain within reach for all families,” Assemblywoman Jacobs said. “This year’s Assembly budget proposal helps maintain the affordability of the state’s public colleges and universities, and keeps the door to opportunity open for our young people.”