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Federal COVID-Relief Funding

May 20, 2021

Questions? Contact:

Robert Lowry, Deputy Director
Greg Berck, Esq., Assistant Director
E:  advocacy@nyscoss.org

A $12 billion influx of federal COVID-relief funding provides both opportunities and challenges for school districts. Statewide, the sum approaches the equivalence of a 50% increase in state aid. But the funding is temporary and it comes with strings attached.

To help school district leaders understand the requirements accompanying this federal aid and develop sound plans for its use, the Council has created a website section which will share resources we produce as well as items from the State Education Department and other sources.

Among the items you will find are the recording of our May 13 and a compilation of extracts from laws and regulations which illuminate what can or must be done with the federal aid, while we await more formal guidance from the U.S. Education Department.

Access our resource page here.


Please call or write to advocacy@nyscoss.org with any questions or suggestions.

 


Access a collection of resources to help understand the requirements and opportunities attached to the federal assistance coming to most of New York's school districts.

Easy to Read School Aid Run - Plus Details

April 13, 2021

Questions? Contact:

Robert Lowry, Deputy Director
Greg Berck, Esq., Assistant Director
E:  advocacy@nyscoss.org

We have created an Excel spreadsheet which allows users to create an easier to read School Aid run for any district passed on the state budget passed by the Legislature last week.

In addition to presenting the same information as the state-produced runs in an easier to analyze format, we provide more detail on federal aid and where districts stand in relation to full funding of the Foundation Aid formula.

Here is the link to access and use the spreadsheet .

It may take a while to load. Once it does, enter a district’s six digit BEDS Code to create a report. To look up a code for any district, click on the tab named “CODE LIST” at the bottom of the screen.  

There are tabs for REPORT 1 and REPORT 2 on the bottom of the screen.
  
The upper section of REPORT 1 replicates what appears on the state-produced aid runs but with the two years of aid for each category presented side-by-side, along with the change and percentage change by category. This makes it easier to identify which aid categories are most influencing the change in total aid.
  
The lower section provides more detail.
  
First, in the state-produced runs, the Pandemic Adjustment is included in 2020-21 aids, but not the offsetting allocations from the federal CARES Act. While this is an accurate representation of state funding, it arguably has the effect of making the change in total funding appear greater than it “feels” for each district. We include a row showing the change in total funding excluding the 2020-21 Pandemic Adjustment.
  
Second, for some districts, 2021-22 Universal Prekindergarten Aid includes a new full-day prekindergarten expansion grant. We include a row with this sum for affected districts.
  
Third, at the bottom of the state-produced runs, estimates appear for district allocations from the December Coronavirus Relief and Recovery Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) and March American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)—“CRRSA 90% ESSER + BASE ALLOC” and “AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN,” respectively. We include rows for these sums. 

For some districts, the American Rescue Plan allocations are comprised of two parts—an allocation based on shares of Title 1 funding as required by federal law, plus a “Learning Loss Grant.” We show the total ARPA allocation and separate lines for these two components.
  
Under ARPA, states are allowed or required to reserve parts of their federal education funding for specified purposes, including at least 5% to address learning loss, at least 1% for summer enrichment programs, and at least 1% for after-school programs. The enacted budget aims to satisfy these federally required set-asides through the Learning Loss Grants program.
  
All districts are required to use at least 20% of their allocations based on Title 1 shares to address learning loss. The Learning Loss Grants are in addition to those local set-asides. We provide more information about the learning loss funding here.
  
Finally, we include a row showing required community schools set-asides for affected districts—although not included on state-produced runs, that requirement has been continued.
  
REPORT 2 presents changes in aid estimates over time: from March 2020 to November 2020 to April 2021 for 2020-21 aid and from November 2020 to April 2021-22 aid. The March 2020 estimates reflect what districts were projected to receive at the time the 2020-21 state budget was enacted. The November 2020 database was used for the Governor’s budget proposal. The April 2021 figures reflect what is projected for the 2021-22 enacted state budget.

Please call or write to advocacy@nyscoss.org with any questions or suggestions.
  
Here are some other resources: 

- State Education Department Memorandum on American Rescue Plan Funding

- Compilation of Education-Related Funding Provisions of the American Rescue Plan 

- U.S. Department of Education FACT SHEET American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ARP ESSER) 

 
Access an excel spreadsheet allowing users to create an easier way to read School Aid run for any district passed on the state budget passed by the Legislature this week.

Statement of NYS Council of School Superintendents Chuck Dedrick on the 2021-22 Budget for Education

April 8, 2021

Contact:

Robert Lowry, Deputy Director
C:  518.435.5996
E:  boblowry@nyscoss.org

Albany, NY - The new state budget delivers great news for New York’s school districts, putting our public schools in a vastly better position than we would have dared to hope for last summer or fall. 
 
It provides a $1.4 billion increase in Foundation Aid, full-funding of expense-based aids, no new cuts, and an expansion of full-day prekindergarten throughout the state. 
 
The budget also assures that federal stimulus funding for education will supplement and not supplant state resources, enabling districts to apply that funding to safely reopening schools, maximizing in-person instruction, and helping students overcome the effects of the pandemic’s disruptions upon their learning and personal well-being.
 
The plan to fully phase-in the Foundation Aid formula over three years will at last fulfill a promise to the state’s schoolchildren, especially in our neediest communities.
 
We thank the Senate, Assembly, and Governor for their work. We also need to express our gratitude to Senator Schumer, Senator Gillibrand, our delegation in the House of Representatives, and President Biden for their efforts in Washington. 

Our elected leaders in Washington and Albany came together and now have given our public schools a bright light of promise at the end of the pandemic’s very dark tunnel.

Read NYS Council of School Superintendents Executive Director Chuck Dedrick's statement on the 2021-22 State Budget for Education.

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PresidentDr. Robert R. Ike
Superintendent of Schools
Palmyra-Macedon CSD
127 Cuyler Street Palmyra, NY 14522
7/1/20206/30/2021
Co-ChairDr. Joseph S. Famularo
Superintendent of Schools
Bellmore UFSD
580 Winthrop Ave Bellmore, NY 11710-4200 UNITED STATES
7/1/2018 
Co-ChairMr. Neil F. O'Brien
Superintendent of Schools
Port Byron CSD
30 Maple Avenue Port Byron, NY 13140
7/1/20136/30/2021
MemberMr. Michael J. Baumann
Superintendent of Schools
Newfane CSD
6273 Charlotteville Road Newfane, NY 14108
7/1/2013 
MemberMr. Patrick H. Brady
Superintendent of Schools
Massena CSD
84 Nightengale Avenue Massena, NY 13662
7/1/2013 
MemberDr. Lori S. Caplan
Superintendent of Schools
Watervliet City SD
1245 Hillside Drive Watervliet, NY 12189
7/1/2013 
MemberMr. Raymond Anthony Castellani
Superintendent of Schools
Webutuck CSD
194 Haight Road Amenia, NY 12501
7/1/2018 
MemberMr. Matthew Cole
Superintendent of Schools
Livonia CSD
PO Box E Livonia, NY 14487-0489 UNITED STATES
9/19/2016 

Your Advocacy Team

 

Robert Lowry, Jr.
Deputy Director, NYSCOSS
BobLowry@nyscoss.org
Greg Berck, Esq.
Assistant Director, NYSCOSS
Greg@nyscoss.org

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