ERIC Number: ED421852
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
School Finance Issues in the 1998-99 Enacted Budget.
McCall, H. Carl
This report discusses the school aid increase enacted for New York State in 1998-1999. School aid for the year will increase by $850 million. However, it is argued that the Governor's vetoes of the Rebuild Schools to Uphold Education (RESCUE) program and teacher support aid betrays a certain lack of true reform within the budget. The changes made will not greatly improve the equity of aid distribution and will have no positive effect on its efficiency. Although the proposed budget provides a blanket increase of aid across the state, it does little to target specific problems that individual school districts have with cost effectiveness or efficiency. The effect that the new budget and the veto of the RESCUE program will have on educational facilities improvement and maintenance is discussed. Implications of STAR (School Tax Relief), which goes into effect in 1998-1999, are discussed. STAR does not constitute state aid for education, but may actually work against such aid. The report provides several possible remedies for the deficiencies of the STAR program. Includes two tables highlighting the tax relief for seniors and nonseniors across several regions within the state; a graphic comparing school aid per pupil with STAR relief per pupil; and a table of school district profiles by region and type, including the distribution of school aid and STAR across these districts. (CMD)
Descriptors: Budgeting, Cost Effectiveness, Educational Facilities, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Facility Improvement, Inspection, School Administration, School Community Relationship, State Legislation
Office of the State Comptroller, Public Information Office, Governor Smith State Office Building, Albany, NY 12236; phone: 518-474-4015.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Office of the Comptroller, Albany.
Identifiers - Location: New York