Port Chester, Ossining Seek Additional Funding [News 12]

January 18, 2020

Originally published in News12 on January 18, 2020.

Parents from Ossining and Port Chester were protesting in White Plains Saturday, calling for more state aid in their school districts.

The state's current Foundation Aid formula considers a region's wealth and demographic information. It leaves districts like Ossining, Port Chester and Yonkers facing millions of dollars in deficits.

Created in 2008, Foundation Aid is the largest state grant program for school districts. Sen. Shelley Mayer blames the shortfall on that program not being fully funded, leaving the districts with less than 50% of their owed funding. This year's exact numbers will come out Tuesday when Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces his budget.