Funding Gap Between Rich and Poor Schools: Press Conference


New York State has a massive funding gap between rich and poor schools and it has grown rapidly since Governor Cuomo took office in 2011.

  • The funding gap between the 100 poorest school districts and the 100 wealthiest is $9,796 per pupil.  In a school of 300 students this amounts to $2.9 million annually.
  • The funding gap grew by $1,772 per pupil since Governor Cuomo ended the state’s commitment to the Foundation Aid formula that was enacted in 2007. The Foundation Aid formula was enacted as a result of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity and was designed to narrow the gap.
  • If the Foundation Aid Formula were to be fully funded it would close the gap by $2,824 per pupil.
  • The funding gap closely correlates with graduation gap of 26%. The difference in graduation rates is as staggering as the difference in funding. The high spending, wealthy school districts have a 92% graduation rate, whereas underfunded, poor communities graduate 66% of their students.
  • The funding gap is also tied to advanced educational opportunities. Half of the graduating cohort in well-funded, wealthy school districts leaves with the highly coveted Advanced Regents diploma, whereas only 1 in 5 students leave school with an Advanced Regents diploma in underfunded poor districts.

Join us at the Arnett Library (310 Arnett Blvdon Wednesday February 17, at 1pm for a Press Conference on the funding gap between rich and poor schools in New York State.

February 17, 2016 at 1pm - 1:45pm
Arnett Library
310 Arnett Blvd
Rochester, NY 14619
United States
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