Bill S1270-2011

Prohibits reductions in appropriations for the support of education during the state fiscal year

Prohibits reductions in appropriations for the support of education during the state fiscal year.

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  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • Jan 6, 2011: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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BILL NUMBER:S1270

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the state finance law, in relation to prohibiting reductions in appropriations for the support of education during the state fiscal year

PURPOSE: To eliminate budget cuts in New York City public schools from July 1st up to and including the beginning of the September school year and allow for these schools to fiscally counterbalance their budgets and appropriate necessary monies toward administrative costs, personnel and physical costs without worries of another budget cut pending before the beginning of the school year.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: A new paragraph (F) is amended into Subdivision 2, Section 40, of the State Finance Law.

EXISTING LAW: While there is no current New York State law to block mid-year school aid cuts, these cuts will adversely impact students and faculty in the educational school system as class sizes increase with fewer teachers, the compromise of new reading materials and books, and oversight of physical projects that funds first made available could have possibly addressed.

JUSTIFICATION: Should the present continue where another round of allocated funds destined for programs in the school districts are cut, the results will be more open positions unfilled, further halting of purchases of new supplies, larger decreases in program and after-school funding, the scaling back of construction plans and an overall freeze on district spending.

The New York State School Boards Association have cite mid-year school aid cuts as devastating based on school districts already locking in contracts with employee unions and transportation companies; the set placement of student class schedules for the year where cuts will force students to enroll in classes that may not interest them, which impedes their education; and the only viable option for schools to cut costs since local tax bills are sent out by July 1st. School districts are given little, if any, time to cope with these cuts before the pending school year.

Lastly, recent funding levels show that when New York State has not engaged in these mid-year budget cuts, English and Math test scores for grades 3-8 rose 14% and 13% respectively. Further cuts impede a student's ability to learn.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2010: S.6467 - Referred to Finance

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1270 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 6, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sen. ADDABBO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance AN ACT to amend the state finance law, in relation to prohibiting reductions in appropriations for the support of education during the state fiscal year THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 40 of the state finance law is amended by adding a new paragraph (f) to read as follows: (F) NO APPROPRIATION MADE AT A REGULAR SESSION OF THE LEGISLATURE FOR THE SUPPORT OF EDUCATION IN THIS STATE SHALL BE REDUCED, LIMITED OR OTHERWISE DIMINISHED IN ANY WAY PRIOR TO THE THIRTIETH DAY OF JUNE IMME- DIATELY FOLLOWING THE STATE FISCAL YEAR FOR WHICH IT IS ENACTED. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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