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Education Finance

education finance - current action

In 2007-12, LWVNYS continued to advocate for full implementation of the foundation aid formula, developed in response to the CFE litigation. After the issuance of the New York State Commission on Property Tax Relief (known as the Suozzi Report) in 2008, the League issued a statement in opposition to tax caps unless and until foundation aid, with regular updates based on student need and income and property wealth, is fully implemented. The League recommended the replacement of the STAR programs with a property tax circuit breaker, which would tie property tax relief to the taxpayer’s ability to pay.

Testimony was provided at the joint legislative education and finance hearings in February of each of those years. See separate discussion under the caption Real Property Taxation herein for a fuller discussion of the League’s advocacy related to STAR. In 2010, the middle class STAR program was revised, curtailing some benefits to wealthier taxpayers, and imposing an income limitation of $500,000 beginning in 2011 on refunds. However, the Legislature still did not seriously consider substituting a property tax circuit breaker, but rather discussed it as an additional program. In 201, the League testified at the public hearings of the Governor’s New New York Education Reform Commission, focusing primarily on League support for implementing the CFE decision and pointing to problems with the newly instituted tax cap.

education finance - Testimony
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2009
2008
2006
education finance - memos
2016
2015
2014
education finance - Letters, Press Releases, Op Ed Pieces, and Press Coverage
2016
2015
education finance - League Positions
2015
education finance - Electronic Education Finance Materials
(Video, PowerPoint, DVD – League Produced)
2006
  • The Cost of a Sound Basic Education in New York and How to Finance It (2006)
    This Power Point was prepared for our consensus study. It contains a good explanation of how New York State funded its schools prior to adoption of the foundation approach to funding education. Given that the foundation formula has yet to be fully implemented, the information still has some relevance as a discussion of the problems encountered in the finance of education in New York State.
education finance - Other Written Materials (Non-League)
  • Analysis of School Finances in New York State School Districts, 2006-07
    The University of the State of New York, The State Education Department, Fiscal Analysis and Research Unit (FARU) (2009). This analysis by the State Education Department contains a wealth of information about school finance. It is updated in January of each year, to reflect the current system of education finance.
2009
2008

Real Property Taxation:  
School Tax Relief Program (STAR) -Tax Caps-Circuit Breakers

STAR - Circuit Breakers -Tax Caps: Current Action
The 2009-2010 budget eliminated the STAR rebate program, as recommended by the League, at an annual savings of $1.8 billion.

Over the past two years, many bills have been introduced to expand the New York State circuit breaker in accordance with League recommendations.  However, none of the bills have proposed replacement of the STAR programs with the enhanced circuit breaker, as recommended by the League.  For a list of recently-introduced Circuit Breaker Bills and history of each, prepared by the Fiscal Policy Institute.

STAR - Circuit Breakers -Tax Caps:
Recent Letters, Press Releases, Op Ed Pieces, and Press Coverage
2015
2014
2013
2011
2008
STAR - Circuit Breakers -Tax Caps:
Written  Materials (League)
2011
2006
STAR - Circuit Breakers -Tax Caps:
Other Written Materials (Non-League)
2009
2007

Charter Schools

Electronic Charter School Materials (Video, PowerPoint, DVD – League)
  • Charter School Power Point, (CD) (2006)
    This presentation was prepared for the consensus study. Many of the issues raised are still pertinent to charter schools.
Written Charter School Materials (League)
charter schools: Other Written Materials (Non-League)

archived materials

To access archived materials, e-mail the League or call the state the League office at 518-465-4162.

  • Symposium at Marist College: Financing Education in New York State (DVD) (2005)  This discussion was taped  for our consensus study.  It contains a good explanation of how New York State funded its schools prior to adoption of the foundation approach to funding education.  Given that the foundation formula has yet to be fully implemented, the information still has some relevance as a discussion of the problems encountered in the finance of education in New York State.

  • Taped Interview with E.J. McMahon of the Manhattan Institute and Frank Mauro of the Fiscal Policy Institute (CD)  (2006)  This is a comprehensive discussion of the wisdom of the STAR program, as discussed by both  liberal and  conservative commentators.