Assemblywoman Lifton: Assembly Budget Invests in Education
Plan provides $790.5 million more for schools
March 14, 2005
Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D-Tompkins/Cortland) announced the Assembly passed a budget resolution that provides a sound investment in our children’s future – increasing school aid by $790.5 million over last year (Resolution C322). "The governor’s budget severely under-funds education – leaving school districts and property taxpayers to foot the bill for his wrong budget choices," Lifton said. "The Assembly’s budget plan ensures needed state resources and meaningful reforms, including establishing a foundation formula to more equitably distribute education funds. The Assembly delivers a comprehensive budget that will help provide a good education for every child in this state." The Assembly’s budget provides more than $3 million more than the governor’s proposal for Tompkins and Cortland County school districts in the 125th Assembly District — specifically Dryden School District would receive $232,324 more than the governor’s proposal, Groton School District $176,873, Ithaca City School District $1,136,212, Lansing School District $134,650, Newfield School District $86,992, Trumansburg School District $226,908, Cortland City School District $439,017, McGraw School District $75,450, and Homer School District $590,382. As the Assembly has done in each of the last 10 Pataki budgets, it rejects the governor’s education cuts – cuts that would be felt by both students and local taxpayers. Highlights include:
- rejecting the governor’s BOCES cut, as well as the governor’s cuts to special education for handicapped children and other educational programs;
- adding funding for high-need districts, minor maintenance, transportation services, teacher training programs and instructional materials;
- fully funding education (LADDER) programs like universal pre-K and class-size reduction to last year’s levels; and
- increasing funding for the Extended Day/School Violence Prevention Program by $1.5 million – restoring the governor’s veto of last year.