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Increase NYS Education Aid to Comsewogue

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The Comsewogue School District has a strong tradition of providing our children with a well rounded, challenging education.  I am proud that my district prioritizes our students and works hard to support innovative, student centered education practices.

As the Legislature collaborates to establish the new state budget, there are a few key concerns I would like for you to keep in mind:

*Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal eliminates the phase in of the Foundation Aid Formula. Comsewogue would receive over $1 million if the formula was phased in, but only received $560,000 in his proposed budget. With this approach, Comsewogue loses $462,000 that would have helped develop even stronger programs for our students.

*Comsewogue has had a 2% increase in our overall student enrollment; many of our new students have more complex and therefore expensive needs, including our growing English Language Learner population.
Comsewogue’s tax cap has been well below 2%, and while the district has been able to stay below the tax cap thus far, it is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain or expand educational services. Comsewogue will be forced to reduce services if there is not an increase in the state aid in the final state budget.

*Governor Cuomo included in his proposed budget language which would give him the authority to reduce aid to municipalities, including school districts, mid-year.  A reduction of state aid mid-year would be devastating to Comsewogue, and is unacceptable.

Comsewogue is committed to providing their students with the best education possible, but to honor that commitment, we need for our New York State representatives to continue the phase in of the Foundation Aid Formula,  increase our state aid and ensure Governor Cuomo does not have the ability to change that aid mid-year.

Thank you for your continued support of the Comsewogue School District.


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