Assemblymember Crystal D. Peoples stated, "I am pleased to announce that as a result of the hard work and efforts of my colleagues in both the Assembly and the Senate, Buffalo public schools will receive $21 million in additional aid and reimbursement in the amount of $8,069,371 for the 2005-2006 school year."
The Legislature restored the governor’s cuts for various expense-based aids, funds that local schools already spent and are entitled to state reimbursement for, including BOCES services, transportation costs, and educating students with disabilities.
Also at issue in the Buffalo Public School system is the elimination of school nurses and health care services in the schools. Historically, funding for school nurses in Buffalo’s public school has been provided through Erie County government. Given the magnitude of their budget crisis, this funding was not available in their 2005 budget. Negotiations are underway to secure assistance for this healthcare crisis in our schools.
The commitment of the New York State Legislature’s Western New York Delegation to improve Buffalo Public schools is evidenced by this year’s historic increase in aide and the continuation of the Joint School Construction Project.
"One of the most important jobs we have as state legislators is to adequately fund our schools," Assemblymember Peoples concluded. "The governor’s budget simply did not do that, but the budget agreement reached today does. I strongly urge the governor to accept this bipartisan compromise and give our children a quality education – and a brighter future."