Loss of state school aid due to GEA is focus of Feb.
5 state legislators roundtable at SCS
Dire losses in state school aid due to New York
State's Gap Elimination Adjustment, or GEA, was the focus of a Feb. 5
forum organized by Assemblyman Pete Lopez and State Senator James Seward
and hosted by Schoharie Central School.
The state has used the GEA to withhold aid
previously slated for school districts, including
Schoharie, and redirect it to other areas rather than education. Under
the Governor's proposed state budget, Schoharie stands to lose
$1,673,068 due to the GEA; total loss for all six of the county's school
districts would top $6.5 million.
Another challenge facing Schoharie and other smaller
districts is the shift of school aid dollars into the form of grants for
which the districts must compete against those with greater resources.
Assemblyman Lopez proposed allocating more state
Lottery proceeds to education, and Senator Seward proposes directing a
greater share of state school aid toward rural schools. The lawmakers
also discussed proposals involving pensions, health insurance and
teacher evaluation at the meeting, at which participants underscored the
need to mainain local control of financial decisions.
Read the Daily Gazette article,
"Schools look to have aid restored" (pdf)
Senator Seward (center) discusses issues with
Lynn Macan, Superintendent at Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School
District, while Michele Weaver, Superintendent at Middleburgh Central
School District, looks on at left
Michele Weaver, Superintendent at
Middleburgh Central School District, talks with Assemblyman Pete Lopez
Senator Seward speaks with an event participant
as Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School District Superintendent Paul
Dorward looks on
WATCH A SHORT VIDEO ABOUT THE IMPACT OF THE GEA
[2/12/2013; updated 2/20/13]