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Miner, Alliance for Quality Education: SCSD Faces $11,249 Funding Gap, Per Pupil

By Staff


Miner EducationMayor Stephanie Miner, and the Alliance for Quality Education (AQE), announced findings from a report detailing the funding gap faced by the Syracuse City School District (SCSD), and other high needs districts, compared to the 100 wealthiest school districts in the state, Feb 16.

The report, written by AQE, shows SCSD students currently receive $11,249 less funding per pupil than their counterparts in the wealthiest 100 districts in New York state.

“The children of the Syracuse City School District are some of the most disadvantaged students in the nation,” Mayor Miner stated. “One out of every two children in the city of Syracuse will be born into poverty. We have made strides to address this, including the implementation of a universal free lunch program, but it is time the state of New York did its part, and funded our schools at the levels they require.”

Reportedly, SCSD is currently owed $63 million from the state, following a plateau in state aid which began in 2009, and cuts to education the state made using a formula called the Gap Elimination Adjustment in 2010 and 2011.

“The school funding gap between Syracuse and New York State’s wealthy schools is a mind boggling $11,249 per student,” Billy Easton, executive director of the Alliance for Quality Education, stated. “That buys a lot of smaller classes, arts and music, school technology and extracurricular activities. The need in Syracuse is truly heart-wrenching, and shows why New Yorkers have an appetite to raise taxes on millionaires and billionaires, as the State Assembly has proposed. The state budget must increase school funding by at least $2.4 billion, and must prioritize funding for our neediest students, like the children of Syracuse.”

In addition, “The Syracuse Board of Education and I remain deeply committed to providing all children with equal access, and opportunity to a well-rounded education, which is at the core of our mission in the Syracuse City School District,” Superintendent Sharon Contreras Ph.D., stated. “This is only possible when we have equitable funding, and a fair funding formula. Our local elected officials have been hugely supportive of the district year after year, but we need Albany as a whole to come together, and make the necessary changes to level the playing field for all children. We stand prepared to do everything that we can to make this happen.”

According to AQE, 28 percent of school districts in New York state currently receive less funding now than they did in 2008.

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