Disappointment is a common theme among local educators responding to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2018-19 executive budget, unveiled Tuesday in Albany.
“While we understand that projected state deficits and uncertainty from Washington make funding public education a challenge, quite frankly we’re disappointed with the release of the governor’s proposed budget,” said Matt Frahm, superintendent of the Naples Central School District.
“The proposed increase for schools came in at about half of the amount the Division of Budget was projecting for 2018-19 as recently as two months ago, and under the current plan, Naples would only see a .2 percent increase in foundation aid,” Frahm continued. “Without a more equitable system for distributing aid across the state, we would not be able to keep pace with rising costs involving health care, wage increases and pension obligations. In addition, we want to be make sure we are providing the same types of learning experiences here in Naples that are available to students living in more affluent parts of the state.”