The New York City-based Citizens Budget Commission, a nonpartisan group, has released an interactive map of what school aid increases districts throughout the state are getting this fiscal year, which started when the state budget took effect April 1. The 2014-15 budget boosted school aid 5.4 percent, to $1.1 billion.
The commission said in a statement that that most of the increase is based on formulas that “do not accurately reflect changes in districts including enrollment, student need, or ability to pay.”
In their release on the budget, which was adopted earlier this week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders touted the $1.1 billion school aid hike and said that high needs districts would receive nearly 70 percent of the increase. The spending plan also sets aside $1.5 billion over five years to help complete the phase-in of pre-kindergarten statewide. They said the budget holds spending growth to less than 2 percent for the fourth straight year.
Click here to see the interactive map, which provides enrollment, aid per student for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years, the dollar and percent changes, and the district’s financial need index. A static map is below. Dramatic changes in the Lower Hudson Valley include Dobbs Ferry, whose student aid dropped $72 per student to $2,729; Ardsley, whose aid per student went down $155 to $2,692; Irvington, whose aid per student went up $179, to $1,749; Haldane, whose aid per student increased $340 to $2,967; White Plains, which is receiving $421 more per student, to $2,761; Yonkers, which received a per-student hike of $183, to $9,073; Ossining, whose aid per student increased $380 to $3,507; Yorktown, whose per student aid increased $495 to $4,657; South Orangetown, whose aid per student increased $162 to $3,027; and Eastchester, whose aid went up $293 per student, to $1,656.
(Journal News file photo illustration.)