March 29, 2018--TAKE ACTION NOW!
Right now, Irvington pays 20% of the cost of special education provided to children during July and August.
Governor Cuomo’s budget proposes to more than triple Irvington's proportion to 75% of the cost of these services, starting with the summer of 2018.
Such an increase would cost IUFSD an additional $130K this year, and will be a recurring additional cost.
Governor Cuomo's plan would apply to all school districts: his plan is to shift $70 million in special education costs from New York State to local school districts.
However, the added financial burden of this shift would not be equal for all districts. Because of the ratio used to calculate the funding change, Irvington's share would be disproportionately higher than other districts.
This is a NEW COST that we would need to absorb within our already tight budget under the restrictive tax cap.
Please take action NOW and call the governor, our local legislators, and the state legislature education committees to make sure they know that you OPPOSE THE COST SHIFT IN SPECIAL EDUCATION SUMMER COSTS TO LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS:
Governor Andrew Cuomo
Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Senator Carl Marcellino (Chair, Senate Education Committee)
Assemblyman Tom Abinanti
Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan (Chair, Assembly Education Committee)