McCole: Auburn district continues fighting for full funding

Year after year, the Auburn Enlarged City School District has faced significant budget shortfalls due to issues with New York state’s foundation aid formula. Foundation aid is underfunded, it is not distributed equitably to school districts based on need, and it uses data from 2003 to determine what level of state aid each school district needs in order to operate. The loss of that funding is detrimental to the education our students receive.

The district has continued working diligently on figuring out a way to obtain the amount of foundation aid our students are already entitled to. We have, once again, partnered with the Central New York School Board Association to help us with this issue. Dr. Rick Timbs from the CNYSBA has been analyzing the New York state foundation aid formula and providing us with suggestions on the best ways to advocate to our state legislators.

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