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Protect Funding for New York’s Schools and Their Students

In the Governor’s Executive Budget proposal, over $4.3 billion available in federal education funding are offset by a $1.35 billion reduction in state education funding. This means students, schools and school districts throughout the state, are being deprived of emergency federal funds they desperately need to reopen schools safely, to support remote learning, and to provide extra support to students who have struggled during an especially challenging school year. In New York City alone, $800 million in state funds has been supplanted, limiting the ability of New York City schools to meet the needs of students.

Join us in calling on State leaders to ensure schools in NYC and across the State can access all federal COVID-19 relief funding to meet the needs of their students. 

Even before the pandemic, New York’s school systems faced considerable barriers in achieving equity and success for its students. Our recent analysis, Child and Family Well-being in New York State showed that only five counties in the state had Math pass rates above 50%, and only six counties had ELA pass rates above 50%. In four counties, fewer than 30% of students score proficiently in ELA, Math, or both. As we consider the pandemic’s impact on children’s education, with disruption experienced in students’ learning and support systems while adapting to remote learning and the opening and closing of school buildings, there are and will continue to be many needs that must be addressed. These include but are not limited to addressing learning loss, social emotional needs, and support services for students in shelter and temporary housing, students with disabilities, and English language learners.

Now is not the time to cut funding that supports the educational needs and social supports available for New York’s students. Email Governor Cuomo and your State legislators and tell them to maintain and increase state funding for education and support services.

Call on state leaders to protect education funding