Legislative Action Committee
Letter to Senator Phil Boyle
Letter to Regent Tilles
re: Education Law 3012-d
Letter from New York State Council of School Superintendents to NYS Legislature re: Teacher & Principal Evaluation
Letter from New York State School Boards Association to NYS Legislature re: Teacher & Principal Evaluation
NYS Legislature re: Education Investment Tax Credit
Suffolk County Superintendents’ Response to Governor Cuomo’s “Failing Schools” Report
Superintendent's Letter to Governor Cuomo Requesting School Aid Runs
A Message From Senator Phil Boyle

Superintendent Bernadette Burns, Board of Education Vice President Annmarie LaRosa, and President Steve Gellar attended the annual R.E.F.I.T. dinner meeting on September 17.

R.E.F.I.T. (Reform Educational Financing Inequities Today) is a consortium of school districts that have joined together to secure for their students and communities a fair and equitable share of New York State aid to education.

End the GEA (Gap Elimination Adjustment)

The Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) was introduced in 2009-2010 to balance what was then a $10 billion budget deficit. Since that time, the state legislature has redirected money away from schools to close the state deficit, thereby shifting its school aid obligation to provide a sound education for all children of New York State to the local taxpayers. Putting even more pressure on school districts, New York State has simultaneously implemented major educational reforms that mandate significant unfunded district expenditures during the worst economic conditions for our schools.

The GEA has cost West Islip taxpayers over $15.6 million in the last four years, money that could have been used to save program and reduce taxes. In the 2013-2014 school year alone, West Islip schools lost $3.2 million to the GEA, which translates to approximately $327 per household on the tax levy, or about $694 per student.

Long Island enrolls nearly 17% of the state’s students, but receives just 12% of school aid. Yet, 18% of the statewide GEA reduction is absorbed by Long Island school districts.

On October 20, 2014 Governor Cuomo declared: “We have our fiscal house in order. Credit ratings for the state are up. We actually have a surplus for state. We went from a 10 billion dollar deficit to a 4 billion dollar surplus.”

As the state gears up to formulate the 2016-2017 budget, let them know it is time to end the GEA! Call, tweet, fax, email your legislators before the Executive Budget is submitted. Click here for letters.

  The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224

  The Honorable Andrew P. Raia
75 Woodbine Avenue
Northport, NY 11768
  CALL: 518-474-8390
FAX: (518) 474-1513
TWEET: @NYGovCuomo
  CALL: 631-261-4151
TWEET: @AssemblymanRaia
E-MAIL: RaiaA@assembly.state.ny.us
  The Honorable Philip M. Boyle
69 W Main Street Suite B
Bay Shore, NY 11706

  The Honorable Joseph S. Saladino
512 Park Boulevard
Massapequa Park, NY 11762
  CALL: 631-665-2311
TWEET: @PhilBoyleNY
EMAIL: pboyle@nysenate.gov
  CALL: 516-541-4598
FAX: 516-541-4625
EMAIL: SaladiJ@assembly.state.ny.us
  The Honorable John J. Flanagan
260 Middle Country Road, Suite 102
Smithtown, New York 11787
  The Honorable Carl E. Heastie
1446 East Gun Hill Road
Bronx, NY 10469
  Call: 631-361-2154
Fax: 631-361-5367
EMAIL: flanagan@nysenate.gov
  Call: 718-654-6539
Fax: 718-654-5836
EMAIL: Speaker@assembly.state.ny.us