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Assembly and Senate bills introduced that would compel state to fully end the GEA this year

Feb. 2, 2015—On January 28, Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner (D-Round Lake) and Senator Patrick Gallivan (R-Elma) introduced bi-partisan legislation (Assembly Bill A.2271 and Senate Bill S.2743) that would result in an immediate end to the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) in 2015-16 and thereafter provide school districts with the full amount of state aid they are legally allowed to receive.

Since it was first introduced in 2010-11, the GEA has deducted more than $9 billion in state aid from schools throughout New York. If these bills become law, the $1 billion remaining in GEA that would have been withheld will be fully restored to state aid this year.

To help get this important legislation passed, districts are encouraging their residents to contact local assembly and senate members to urge them to become co-sponsors of the bills (Assembly Bill A.2271 and Senate Bill S.2743) and to work for the passage of the legislation in their house.

In the Guilderland Central School District, residents are encouraged to contact:

Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy (109th Assembly District) ** Update as of 2/10/15 ** Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy has signed on as a co-sponsor
Legislative Office Building, Room 452
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-4178
Email: FahyP@assembly.state.ny.us

Senator George Amedore (46th Senate District)  ** Update as of 2/3/15 ** Senator Amedore has signed on as a co-sponsor
Legislative Office Building, Room 311
Albany, NY 12247
518-455-2350
Email: Amedore@nysenate.gov

 

In the past five years, Guilderland Central School District has lost more than $19 million to the GEA, resulting in a reduction of more than 185 full-time equivalent staffing positions as well as programs and services such as enrichment, foreign language, athletics, media, professional development, field trips, and student clubs and activities.

Tell your legislators the stories of how the GEA has hurt your children and schools through the elimination of jobs and programs. Urge them to call for an immediate end to this devastating legislation. The more legislators hear from constituents, the better the chances they will make the GEA a priority issue this legislative session.

For more information on advocating for education, including a printable Advocacy Toolkit, visit our Advocacy home page

 

 

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