School districts in New York’s small cities, like Elmira, could see an infusion of more than $96-million under a newly proposed bill in the state legislature.
During a news conference in Albany Tuesday, supporters of the bill said it would address inequities in the way the state calculates education aid.
The bill sponsors say the state’s current formula doesn’t take into account the high concentration of poverty in small cities.
As a result they say the formula underfunds districts that are struggling to serve the same high-needs populations as big city school districts.
Bill sponsor, State Assemblyman Anthony Brindis said, “It’s not about putting more and more money into the education funding pot. It’s just making sure that money is distributed adequately and equitably to the highest need areas first..”
More than half of the 240-thousand students in small city school districts qualify for free and reduced-price lunch, a key indicator of economic disadvantage.