2012-13 State Budget Increases School Aid by $805 Million
Community college base aid rises for the first time in five years
March 30, 2012
Assembly Assistant Speaker Rhoda Jacobs (D-Flatbush) announced she helped pass a 2012-13 state budget that increases school aid by $805 million and increases community college base aid for the first time in five years (A.9057-D). Keeping the promise: Investing in education Assemblywoman Jacobs said the final budget increases school aid 4 percent – or $805 million. That includes a $111.5 million increase in Foundation Aid, a $400 million increase in the Gap Elimination Adjustment restoration and a full restoration of $239 million for expense-based aids. Additionally, $125 million will be available through a competitive grant process. The final budget also:
- restores $10.2 million to teacher resource and training centers;
- increases non-public school aid by $7 million, for a total of $123.6 million;
- increases aid to public libraries by $3.9 million, providing $82.9 million in total funding;
- increases adult literacy education by $1 million for a total of $5.2 million;
- provides $3 million in additional payments to New York City for the transportation costs of students who remain at school until 5 p.m. or later for regularly scheduled academic programs; and
- provides $1 million for the Missing Children Program.
- $27.8 million to be distributed equally among the three SUNY teaching hospitals;
- nearly $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.