Adjusted Executive Legislative
Approp. Request Approp.
2001-02 2002-03 2002-03 Change
General Fund 65,284,000 45,620,600 46,820,600 1,200,000
Special Rev. Fed. 164,319,400 195,700,000 195,700,000 0
Special Rev. Other 83,149,900 94,320,900 115,320,400 20,999,500
Fiduciary 1,392,000 1,400,400 1,400,400 0
Internal Service Fund 19,448,200 20,570,800 20,570,800 0
Total for Agency: 333,593,500 357,612,700 379,812,200 22,199,500
Total Contingency: 10,383,000 9,310,000 9,310,000 0
STATE OPERATIONS: 343,976,500 366,922,700 389,122,200 22,199,500
AID TO LOCALITIES
General Fund 13,595,330,300 13,462,700,600 13,707,146,400 244,445,800
Special Rev. Fed. 2,446,368,000 3,094,795,000 3,094,795,000 0
Special Rev. Other 4,217,650,000 4,640,556,000 4,573,256,000 (67,300,000)
Total for Agency: 20,259,348,300 21,198,051,600 21,375,197,400 177,145,800
Total Grants In Aid: 0 0 15,122,499 15,122,499
AID TO LOCALITIES: 20,259,348,300 21,198,051,600 21,390,319,899 192,268,299
Capital Projects Fund 2,500,000 9,765,000 149,765,000 140,000,000
CAPITAL PROJECTS: 2,500,000 9,765,000 149,765,000 140,000,000
The Legislature provides an overall All Funds agency total of $21.9 billion for the
State Education Department (SED). This represents an All Funds increase of 6.36
percent over the 2001 02 State Fiscal Year (SFY) appropriation. This includes an
increase in State support to education of $440 million or 3.1 percent. This
reflects an increase of $405 million in State Aid to education over the Executive
budget proposal for School Year 2002-03. In addition, the Legislature provides
for the following changes from the Executive's proposed 2002 03 budget for the
State Education Department:
Office of Management Services Program
The Legislature concurs with the Executive recommendation for SFY 2002 03.
Elementary, Middle, Secondary and Continuing Education Program
The Legislature concurs with the Executive recommendation for the State Operations
budget for the Elementary, Middle, Secondary and Continuing Education Program.
The following changes are made to the Executive's proposed 2002 03 budget:
State Aid to Education
The 2002 03 school aid package increases General Support for Public Schools by
$410 million or 2.9 percent. This includes a $420 million increase (3%) in
computerized formula aids. The overall increase in flexible, unrestricted aid
is $225 million. The Legislature denies rejected the Executive's Flex Aid
proposal which would have combined 13 aid formulas into one block grant for
schools. The Legislature combines several aid formulas into one Comprehensive
Operating Aid and maintains separate formulas for the following aid categories:
Extraordinary Needs Aid, Limited English Proficiency Aid, Gifted and Talented
Aid, Minor Maintenance, Operating Standards Aid, Educationally Related Support
Services Aid, BOCES, Computer Administration Aid, Career Education Aid, Public
Excess Cost Aid, and Private Excess Cost Aid. The following represents the
major components of the school aid package.
Comprehensive Operating Aid
Increases by $59.4 million over 2001-02 levels to total $6.87 billion for the
2002-03 school year. Operating aid, tax effort, tax equalization aid and the
transition adjustment are consolidated into a new Comprehensive Operating Aid.
A one percent increase is provided for school districts which are below average
Operating Standards Aid
Increases by $74.6 million over 2001-02 levels to total $212.2 million.
Operating Standards aid is enhanced for all school districts, with a majority
of these increases focused on high need districts. These enhancements are
provided by increasing the aid for school districts which have more than 85
percent of their children identified as extraordinary needs pupils, which
reflect pupils eligible for free and reduced price lunch and those who are
limited English proficient. Furthermore, a new tier is added to Operating
Standards Aid which provides additional aid for low wealth school districts.
Additional enhancements are made for school districts which are sparsely
Extraordinary Needs Aid
Increases by $74.6 million over 2001-02 levels to total $718.8 million.
Extraordinary Needs Aid is funded at present law levels.
Increases by $55.6 million or 12% over 2001-02 levels to total $510.9
million. BOCES aid is restored as a separate formula and fully funded at
present law levels for the 2002 03 school year.
Public Excess Cost Aid
Increases by $221.7 million or 12% over 2001-02 levels to total $2.075
billion. This includes payments of $51 million in aid to school districts
which integrate disabled children into general education settings. School
districts are provided with a save harmless on public excess cost aid of 95
percent of the prior year funding level.
Private Excess Cost Aid
Increases by $27 million or 18 percent over 2001-02 levels to total $172.7
million. This increase is generated by restoring Private Excess Cost Aid to
For School Year 2002-03, $1.221 billion is provided. The Legislature
modified the Governor's proposal to provide for an assumed amortization
payment period for hard dollar expenditures on capital programs. The enacted
program provides for the State to bond on behalf of school districts for
hard dollar expenditures made in 2001 02. As a result, school districts will
receive the full aid payment which they expect in the upcoming school year.
Beginning with expenses incurred in 2002 03 (and therefore aidable in 2003 04),
hard dollar capital expenses will be aided on an assumed amortization schedule
based upon the useful life of the project. Exceptions to this schedule include
projects of less than $100,000, projects from small city school districts that
are approaching their debt cap, and emergency projects. The Legislature denies
the Executive recommendation to use the current year building aid ratio for
projects approved by the voters after July 1, 2002.
Special Services Aid for Occupational and Computer Administration
For School Year 2002-03, $128.4 million is provided. For the five large city
school districts, this represents funding at present law levels.
Special Services Aid for Non Components of BOCES
For School Year 2002-03, $6 million is provided for six school districts which
are not components of BOCES. These changes provide the affected districts with
special services aid for both occupational education and computer administration
expenses which they incurred on behalf of their students in School Year 2001-02.
Summer School Aid
Increases by $5.8 million or 15.5 percent over 2001-02 levels to total $43.2
million. Summer school is funded at present law levels.
For School Year 2002-03, $30.2 million is provided. Growth Aid is funded at
present law levels.
Increases by $79.0 million or 8.5 percent over 2001-02 levels to total $1.008
billion. Transportation aid is funded at present law levels. In addition, $5
million is continued for summer school transportation aid.
Instructional Materials Aid (Hardware, Software, Library and Textbook Aids)
These aid categories are increased by $5 million and continued with 2001
2002 aid ceiling levels and pupil counts which are updated to reflect the most
Reorganization Building and Reorganization Operating Aid
The reorganization aids are funded at present law levels of $32.5 million.
The Executive recommendation to limit reorganization building aid to projects
approved by voters within five years after the reorganization is denied.
Tax Limitation Aid
For School Year 2002-03, $25 million is provided. Tax Limitation Aid is
funded at present law levels.
Educationally Related Support Services Aid (ERSSA)
For School Year 2002-03, $73.5 million is provided. ERSSA is funded at
present law levels.
Gifted and Talented Aid
For School Year 2002-03, $15.4 million is provided. Gifted and Talented aid is
provided at present law levels.
Limited English Proficiency Aid (LEP)
For School Year 2002-03, $68.9 million is provided. LEP is funded at present
Academic Services Aid
The Academic Support Aid is established at $25 million. These funds will be
used to increase academic outcomes for the five large city school districts.
Funding levels are: New York City $12.82 million, Yonkers $5.7 million, Buffalo
$2.1 million, Rochester $2.02 million and Syracuse $2.28 million.
For School Year 2002-03, the Universal Pre-kindergarten program is funded at
K-3 Class Size Reduction Program
For School Year 2002-03, the K-3 Class Size Reduction Program is funded at
$140 million which maintains the State's commitment to reduce class sizes.
Minor Maintenance and Repair Aid
Minor Maintenance Aid is removed from Flex Aid and funded at $50 million.
Full Day Kindergarten
Full Day Kindergarten is funded at $16 million, reflecting an increase of
$11 million. Included in this amount is aid which school districts should
have received in the current 2001 02 school year.
Extended Day/School Violence Prevention
The Legislature concurs with the Executive appropriation of $30.2 million.
Teacher Support Aid
Teacher Support Aid is fully restored to 2001 02 levels for a total funding
level of $67.48 million.
Teacher Center funding is fully restored and $1 million is added to the
program to total $31 million for the 2002 03 school year.
Teacher Mentor/Intern Program
The Teacher Mentor/Intern program is fully restored and $1 million is added
to the program to total $6 million for the 2002-03 school year.
New York City Peer Intervention Program
A $1 million appropriation is made for this program.
Albert Shanker National Board of Professional Teaching Standards Certification
A $500,000 appropriation is provided for this program.
Other Education Programs
Prior Year Aid Claims (PYA)
The five large city school districts are authorized to accelerate the payment
of their approved prior year aid claims through the utilization of bonding
through the Municipal Bond Bank Agency (MBBA). New York City is eligible to
bond up to $435 million, Buffalo, $4.7 million, Rochester, $5.1 million,
Syracuse, $800,000 and Yonkers $300,000. The Legislature expands access to
the MBBA to districts with prior year claims in excess of $1 million.
These school districts can opt to access financing which will be provided
through the Municipal Bond Bank Agency for the acceleration of their prior
year claims. These districts include Niagara Falls, Utica, Amsterdam,
Schenectady, Watertown, Troy, Albany, Fulton, Shenendehowa, Mount Vernon,
Ballston Spa, Whitney Point, Delhi, and Commack.
Salary Enhancements for 853 Schools
The Legislature provides $2 million in salary enhancements for teachers in
853 schools and special act school districts.
Summer School Special Education (4410)
The Legislature concurs with the Executive recommendation which provides
$173.7 million for Summer School programs for disabled students at the
same level provided in SFY 2001 02.
Grants for Bilingual Educators are continued at $11.2 million.
Preschool Special Education (4408)
The Legislature concurs with the Executive recommendation to maintain
funding for Preschool Special Education at $552.2 million.
Nonpublic School Aid
The Legislature concurs with the Executive recommendation to provide an
additional $4.6 million for nonpublic school aid in the 2002 03 school
year. The total program funding is now $70 million. In addition, an
appropriation of $1 million is provided for Academic Intervention
Services for non public schools.
Charter School Stimulus Funding
The Legislature concurs with the Executive recommendation to provide $6
million in spending for Charter School Stimulus funds. An additional
$2.15 million is provided for the Charter School Institute of the State
University of New York for 2001 02 technical support services.
Higher Education/Office of the Professions
The Legislature denies the Governor's proposal to sweep funds from the
Office of the Professions. Additionally, General Fund support for
academic reviews of college and university programs is restored
(+$1.2 million). The Legislature provides additional funding beyond the
Executive proposal for STEP/CSTEP program (+$2.5 million), and for the
Higher Educational Opportunity Program (+$5.6 million). In addition, the
Legislature provides an additional $100,000 to support training of
Interpreters for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Cultural Education Program
The Legislature rejects the Executive recommendation to transfer the
Cultural Education Program from the State Education Department to the
proposed New York Institute for Cultural Education. The Legislature
concurs with the SFY 2002 03 Executive Budget recommendation to create a
dedicated revenue stream to fund the responsibilities and activities of
the Cultural Education Program which include the State Museum, Library
and Archives. The surcharge placed on filing documents with a county
clerk is increased from $5 to $20. This will generate approximately $21
million in revenue for State Fiscal Year 2002-03 for the Cultural
Education Program. A portion of the revenue will be earmarked for county
clerks, providing an increase from twenty five cents to one dollar.
Vocational and Educational Services For Individuals With Disabilities
The Legislature provides $2 million in additional Case Services funds to
avoid an order of selection process. In addition, the Legislature
provides a $1.2 million increase for Independent Living Centers.
The Legislature concurs with the Executive to provide an additional $7.26
million for capital projects within SED. This includes $1.69 million for
rehabilitation projects within the Education Department facilities, an
additional $1.7 million for the School for the Blind, $175,000 for the
School for the Deaf, $5.25 million for the Cultural Education Center,
and a reduction of $1.6 million for the administration capital fund.
The Legislature denies the Executive proposal to transfer the Cultural
Education program to the New York Institute for Cultural Education.
The dedicated revenue source is accepted with an additional seventy five
cents to be distributed to the county clerks.
The Legislature denies the Executive recommendation to use the current
year building aid ratio for projects approved by the voters after July
1, 2002. In addition, the Legislature denies the Executive proposal
to apply the new assumed amortization rules to the State funded portion
of capital outlay projects for the 2002 03 State Fiscal Year. In 2003
04, hard dollar capital projects will be subject to an assumed
amortization schedule, with exceptions.
The Legislature denies the Executive proposal to allow school districts
access to the Dormitory Authority (DA) expertise in design and
construction management. Also, the Legislature denies the Executive
proposal to provide a Wicks Law exemption for all school districts.
The Legislature concurs with the Executive recommendation to allow
the five large city school districts to accelerate the payment of their
approved prior year aid claims through the utilization of the Municipal
Bond Bank. In addition, those school districts where the prior year
claims are in excess of $1 million are also authorized to utilize the
The Legislature denies the Executive proposal to require school districts
to include PILOT payments from electric generating facilities in the district
The Legislature denies the Executive proposal eliminating reimbursed legal
costs associated with pre school special education proceedings where a district
loses its appeal beyond a State Review Officers decision.
The Legislature denies the Executive proposal to extend through June 30,
2005 a moratorium on the approval of any new or expanded programs in
setting which include only preschool children with disabilities. This
section is extended only through June 30, 2003.
The Legislature maintains the current STAR payment schedule.
The Legislature provides an additional $50 million Chapter One advance
for the New York City School District.
The Commissioner is directed to undertake review of all district
applications, plans and reports for the purpose of streamlining. A report
will be sent to the Executive, Senate and Assembly.
The Legislature provides funding for the following:
ADDITIONAL GENERAL SUPPORT FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS. $194,328,000
CAPITAL OUTLAY TRANSITION GRANTS. $140,000,000
CULTURAL EDUCATION ACCOUNT. $26,000,000
AID FOR CERTAIN SCHOOL DISTRICTS. $9,587,300
AID FOR CERTAIN SCHOOL DISTRICTS. $7,889,300
FISCAL STABILIZATION GRANTS. $7,763,200
HIGHER ED OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM (HEOP). $5,600,000
TEACHER CENTER RESTORATION. $5,000,000
VARIOUS EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS. $4,000,000
HIGHER ED STEP/CSTEP. $2,500,000
CHARTER SCHOOL INSTITUTE. $2,150,000
VESID CASE SERVICES. $2,000,000
SPECIAL ACT SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND 853 SCHOOLS. $2,000,000
HIGHER EDUCATION RESTORATION. $1,200,000
VESID INDEPENDENT LIVING CENTERS. $1,200,000
DENTAL CLINICS. $1,050,000
MENTOR INTERN TEACHER PROGRAM. $1,000,000
NEW YORK CITY PEER INTERVENTION. $1,000,000
TEACHER CENTERS. $700,000
MDA WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE. $675,000
NATIONAL BOARD FOR PROFESSIONAL TEACHING STANDARDS. $500,000
CONSORTIUM FOR WORKER EDUCATION. $455,000
METROPOLITAN ATHLETICS CONGRESS, INC.. $200,000
WORKPLACE LITERACY. $200,000
UNIVERSITY/INDUSTRY ENDOWED CHAIRS. $175,000
COUNCIL FOR UNITY. $150,000
MAGNET SCHOOL AID. $148,000
NORTH SHORE CHILD & FAMILY GUIDANCE CENTER. $125,000
TAKE THE FIELD, INC.. $100,000
INTERPRETERS FOR THE DEAF. $100,000
PAUL KAPLAN CENTER FOR EDUCATIONAL DRAMA. $100,000
BARRAN ASSESSMENT & COUNSELING CENTER. $100,000
LIBRARIES FOR THE BLIND AND VISUALLY HANDICAPPED. $100,000
SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY RENAISSANCE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM. $100,000
HOLOCAUST MUSEUM. $80,000
EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION AND RADIO. $75,000
NYU PROGRAM IN WOMEN'S CANCER (PWC). $75,000
NYU COGNITIVE, LEARNING, EMOTION AND MEMORY. $75,000
SCHOMBERG CENTER. $75,000
DAVID N. DINKINS CENTER. $75,000
CARIBBEAN CULTURAL CENTER. $75,000
ELLA BAKER ACADEMY. $60,000
NEW YORK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY DISTANCE
LEARNING PROJECT. $40,000
ALBANY CHAMBER CORPORATE INTERNSHIPS. $40,000
NEW YORK ACADEMY OF MEDICINE: NY ONLINE ACCESS
TO HEALTH. $30,000
HENRY VISCARDI SCHOOL. $25,000
LANGSTON HUGHES COMMUNITY LIBRARY. $25,000
PRIMARY MENTAL HEALTH PROJECT. $25,000
JEWISH COMMUNITY COUNCIL OF GREATER CONEY ISLAND. $18,300
PARENTS INFORMATION NETWORK. $15,000
ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE. $12,000
ST. JOHN FISHER COLLEGE URBAN INSTITUTE. $10,000
SCHOOL FOR LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION DEVELOPMENT. $10,000