Editorial: School funding gets attention it deserves [Times Herald Record]

September 18, 2019

School Funding Gets Attention it Deserves

It’s not the revolution New York needs, but state Sen. Shelley Mayer, a Yonkers Democrat, is gathering the kind of information that could lead to a more fair way to collect and distribute education funding.

As the new chair of the Senate Education Committee, she is convening meetings throughout the state to focus on the heart of the inequity, the “foundation aid” formula which is supposed to make sure that every district gets exactly what the name implies, a foundation on which to provide equal education for all.

There are two potential conclusions once she has heard from people around the state. Either the formula will be tweaked yet again or legislators will conclude once they get back to Albany that it needs to be thrown out in favor of a major change to the present system.