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Connections: Examining the state's school funding plan

Feb 21, 2017

Students in the wealthiest school districts in New York State enjoy the highest per-pupil funding -- sometimes as high as $70,000 per pupil. Poorer districts can operate with roughly $15,000 per pupil. This disparity is part of the debate over school aid funding.

New York spends 87% more than the national average on education, but it's wildly imbalanced. Governor Cuomo's team defends the formula but agrees that it should be updated; critics across the state want changes. We discuss it with a panel of educational leaders:

  • Kimberle Ward, superintendent of Gates Chili Central School District
  • Mark Linton, superintendent of East Rochester Union Free Central School District
  • Dave Green, assistant superintendent for finance and operations at East Rochester Union Free Central School District