The governor’s budget fails New York City schools

Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman is fighting for our children

The governor insists on shortchanging New York City schools

The governor continues to resist the court ruling in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity case that requires the state to provide adequate funding for our schools. His refusal to negotiate has pushed a plan past a court-mandated deadline, forcing the court to appoint a panel of referees to devise a solution. The panel has concluded that a major funding increase – in line with an Assembly proposal – is needed to ensure our children receive a sound, basic education.

Yet, the governor has once again proposed a budget that drastically underfunds New York City schools. His $195 million proposal is insignificant compared to the $1.4 billion called for by the court-appointed referees. In fact, this same proposal was decisively rejected by the Assembly last year. Further, the governor’s budget is dependent on risky gambling revenues from video lottery terminals – uncertain funds our schools can’t count on to cover actual costs.

In addition, the governor’s budget:

  • Underfunds early education programs – including pre-K and class size reduction – by $600 million

  • Cuts the Extended Day/School Violence Prevention program 10 percent

At the same time he’s proposing to cut school funding and expand gambling across the state, the governor is proposing tax cuts for the richest 1 percent.

But Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman is dedicated to fighting to ensure that every single student in every school in New York gets a good education.

Governor’s proposals push college dreams out of reach for many families

The governor’s assault on education includes a proposed $500 tuition increase at SUNY. Combined with a 50 percent cut to TAP and a 50 percent cut to opportunity programs, this will make it even harder for working families to afford a college education.

Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman is standing up for our children

Only the Assembly’s plan to provide New York City schools with an additional $6.1 billion over the next five years was deemed an adequate solution to the CFE decision. Further, the Assembly passed a supplemental budget (A.118) to restore the governor’s damaging vetoes of last year and protect our schools. The Assembly’s plan provides $29 million for education related programs, including $1.51 million for Extended Day/After School programs, $5.5 million for public library and educational TV programs, $1 million for teacher development and $3.1 million for VESID programs serving individuals with disabilities. The Assembly also provides over $38 million for College Opportunity Programs, including STEP, CSTEP, SEEK, EOP and HEOP, Community College Base Aid and other higher education assistance.

Students at a Blackboard

Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman

“Education is a life-long process,
and we must ensure students –
from pre-K to college –
have the resources they need
to achieve their dreams.
We have a moral obligation to
prepare our children for the future,
and that is what I’ll continue
fighting for in the Assembly.”

Joan L. Millman

341 Smith Street
Brooklyn, New York 11231
(718) 246-4889