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Superintendent of Schools sends letter to Governor Cuomo calling for the end of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA)

Dec. 26, 2013—On December 20, Guilderland Central School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marie Wiles sent a letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo requesting that he take immediate steps to end the state's devastating Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) and inviting him to visit the district to see quality schools in action. Read the letter (PDF) The letter comes on the heels of the Dec. 10 Guilderland Board of Education meeting, where board members discussed priorities for the 2014-15 school budget. Based on current figures, the district is looking at a $2.7 million budget gap heading into next school year. This figure includes an anticipated reduction in state aid of $4 million as a result of the continuation of the state's GEA.

What is the GEA?
The Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) law was first introduced for the 2010-11 fiscal year by then-Governor Paterson as a way to help close New York’s then $10 billion budget deficit. Under the legislation, a portion of the funding shortfall at the state level is divided among all school districts throughout the state and reflected as a reduction in school district state aid. The GEA is a negative number, money that is deducted from the aid originally due to the district. Since the program began four years ago, the total GEA reduction in school aid for GCSD amounts to about $16 million.

Do you want to make a difference and join Dr. Wiles in advocating for an immediate end to the GEA?
You can make a difference by contacting the Governor and other elected officials, as well! The voices of school leaders and advocates for state-level education organizations simply are not enough, as recent legislative sessions have shown. Elected officials need to hear from you, their constituents. They need to hear from the people that are most directly affected by their decisions (or indecisions) year after year—the students, parents, employees, residents, community groups and business owners of Guilderland. Contact your elected officials