Lindsay Koshgarian; National Priorities Project, Institute for Policy Studies Statement for New York, NY. February 12, 2018 U.S. cities and states are heavily reliant on federal funds. The average state government receives approximately 30 percent of its revenues from the federal government. In 2015, New York City received $6.3 billion in federal funds.  The…
Donald Trump’s federal budget proposal announced Tuesday makes deep cuts in federal funding to public schools as part of his agenda to privatize public education through expansions of charter schools and school voucher programs.
“Political leaders in both Washington and San Juan, whether they like it or not, are being propelled to fashion a new political and economic status for the territory. They will have to finally decide whether to completely annex Puerto Rico as the 51st state or acknowledge that it still remains a distinct nation, with the right to its own sovereignty and independence.”
New York State owes $4.3 billion in Foundation Aid to schools statewide as a result of the decision of the New York State Court of Appeals in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit. This funding is necessary to improve the quality of education in economically disadvantaged school districts. Fifty-eight percent of the funds are owed to Black and Brown students. The New York State Board of Regents recommended a $1.47 billion increase in Foundation Aid this year and a three year phase in of the full amount. This Budget agreement contains less than half of the recommended Foundation Aid increase, although it does include $272 million more than the meager $428 million proposed by Governor Cuomo. In a major victory, Governor Cuomo’s proposal to repeal the Foundation Aid formula entirely was defeated.