The fiscal year 2015 New York State enacted budget increased school aid by $1.1 billion for school year 2014-15, or 5.4 percent. Aid in school year 2014-15 will be $21.8 billion, surpassing the 2009-10 peak of $21.7 billion. More than half of the increase, or $602 million, will be delivered through Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) restorations that do not adequately reflect changes in enrollment, student need, or district ability to pay; the legislature also added $251 million for foundation aid and $267 million for expense-based and other categorical grant aid, a form of aid favoring wealthier and higher spending districts. The budgeted increase in “formula, expense-based aid and other categorical” for each school district is shown in the map. To see the increase and other pertinent school aid statistics for any district, click on the district.
To learn more about this map please read the blogpost on this subject, What School Aid Cap? For a Second Year School Aid Grows More than 5 Percent.Note:
Because shape files for Bellmore-Merrick Central High, Valley Stream Central High, and Sewanhaka Central High school districts are not available they are not shown on the map. However, information on those districts can be downloaded in the searchable data file.Definitions:
- Public School Enrollment: Data are for school year 2013-14.
- Total General Aid per Student: The sum of foundation, expense-based, and categorical aid for the 2014-15 school year divided by district student enrollment.
- Need Index: The ratio of district per pupil student poverty and wealth measures compared to the statewide average. The students poverty measure uses the three-year FRPL percentage and the census poverty rate, and the wealth measure includes propert values and income. Pupil counts are adjusted to reflect the additional time required by students with special needs. The higher the value the lower the ability to pay according to student need within the district. For example, an index value of 1 means that the district in question has student need and ability to pay equivalent to the statewide average for all districts, a score above one means below average ability-to-pay and above average student need. For districts with index values below one means above average ability-to-pay and below average student need.