Albany, NY Assemblymember Harry Bronson announced the 2019-20 enacted state budget will include $27.8 billion in funding for public schools, an increase of $1 billion over the previous school year.
It is crucial for the future of our state that all students have access to a high quality public education. By investing $27.8 billion in our education system, we are investing in the future success of our children and providing them with access to opportunity, said Assemblymember Harry Bronson. As a product of New Yorks public schools, I can truly say that education is the great equalizer, and has provided me with the opportunities to be where I am today. I will continue to champion public education and local control so that all children have access to the same opportunities that were afforded to me.
The budget includes a $618 million increase for Foundation Aid for a total of $18.4 billion to fund our states schools. Additionally, the budget allocates $50 million for Community Schools Aid, for a total of $250 million. Community schools recognize that the totality of a students life inside and outside the classroom must be taken into account, and these schools provide wrap around services including academic, health, and social services along with afterschool programs to provide a holistic approach to reducing barriers.
Also included in the budget is a $15 million increase for grants for prekindergarten programs bringing total state investment to $822 million; an $18 million increase to fund the My Brothers Keeper Initiatives which focus on family and community engagement, professional development to address issues related to restorative justice and racial disparities in education;
The budget includes an increase of $10 million for afterschool programs, as well as $1 million to help schools increase access to advance courses.
Additionally, the budget includes funding for the following programs:
- $103.9M for Schools for the Blind and Deaf (4201s);
- $5 million increase to Aid to Public Libraries, for a total of $96.6 million
- $14 million for Teacher Resource and Computer Training Centers;
- $7.8 million for Adult Literacy Education
- $2.3 million to eliminate student costs under the reduced price meal program; and
- $1.5 million restoration of funding for the Consortium for Worker Education
- $1.2 million for school health service grants for the Rochester City School District