East Ramapo desperate for Foundation Aid fairness in state budget
New York state legally owes the East Ramapo Central School District $25 million, and now that Democrats control both the legislative and executive branches of government, nothing can excuse a failure to deliver. The money owed is called Foundation Aid.
According to a 2006 decision by our state’s highest court in Campaign for Fiscal Equity v. State of New York, Foundation Aid represents the minimum amount in supplemental funds needed to ensure our public school students receive the sound, basic education they are guaranteed under the state constitution. For more than a decade, the state’s debt to our public school districts, including East Ramapo, has not been fully paid.