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Sen. May Concerned Over Potential Funding Cuts to Local School Districts

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Under Governor Kathy Hochul’s proposed state budget, school districts across the Finger Lakes would see cuts to their Foundation Aid.

Speaking on FLX Morning, State Senator Rachel May said the issue is that while the total amount of money in the proposed budget allocated to support school districts is slightly increasing, changes made by the governor in the formula determining how much each district gets would lead to districts with a declining population losing funding. May is concerned about this move, especially for rural districts.

“A lot of them are getting cuts because the populations of students have gone down which is definitely part of the formula, but if you lose some students, you can’t just close a school or lay off teachers,” said May. “You still have to have classes; you still have to teach every grade.”

The senator added that she will advocate for the districts not to lose funding this year. She will also push to change the formula for determining aid to factor in a specific district’s needs and the data concerning it.

May represents the 48th New York State Senate District which includes all of Cayuga County and the City of Syracuse and the Towns of Elbridge, Fabius, LaFayette, Lysander, Marcellus, Onondaga, Pompey, Skaneateles, Spafford, Tully, and Van Buren in Onondaga County.

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