DIVISION OF THE BUDGET
DAVID A. PATERSON, GOVERNOR
February 2, 2010 CONTACT: Matt Anderson
“By the Numbers” – School Aid Recommendations in the 2010-11 Executive Budget
The 2010-11 Executive Budget recommends $20.5 billion for School Aid, a $1.1 billion or 5 percent reduction from 2009-10. A look at this proposal, “By the Numbers,” indicates that the vast majority of school districts should be able to manage these reductions without adversely impacting property taxpayers or educational quality.
42 percent or $6.1 billion: Increase in School Aid spending compared to 2003-04, even after the proposed 2010-11 reduction. This increase is more than twice the rate of inflation during that period.
141 percent or $12 billion: Increase in School Aid spending compared to 1991-92, even after the proposed 2010-11 reduction. This increase is also more than twice the rate of inflation during that period.
2 percent: Proposed 2010-11 year-to-year reduction ($1.1 billion) as a percentage of overall school district budgets ($52 billion), including State and local contributions.
$15,536: New York per pupil overall education spending – 61 percent above the national average.
$7,328: New York per pupil spending on school district employee salaries – 71 percent above the national average.
$2,901: New York per pupil spending on school district employee benefits – 109 percent above the national average.
$1.5 billion: Total amount of reported undesignated reserves held by school districts statewide, which could potentially be used to mitigate proposed State aid reductions.
$200 million: Annual local capital savings projected from Governor Paterson’s proposed repeal of the Wicks Law mandate for school districts.