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Public School Funding Showdown: Expected Next Week

December 5, 2008

Albany, NY — New York Gov. David Paterson could be on a collision course with the State Board of Regents regarding funding for public schools. Gov. Paterson will lay out his vision for the state's 2009 budget next week, which most expect will include major cuts in education. This, despite the Regents' request for $879 million in new school funding.

Helaine Doran, deputy director with the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, says the Regents' budget recommendation makes sense.

"These are tough times and I think that the Regents are trying to put together a believable package to convince the governor that he can't totally walk away from school children."

The governor argued last month that the only way to get New York's fiscal house in order was through "shared sacrifice," but when he called lawmakers into special session, they rejected his plan to impose $836 million in mid-year education cuts.

Now, as the governor plans to unveil his budget, Doran says the Board of Regents' recommendation for new school aid is a logical place to start.

"The Regents try to cover the bases so that, programmatically, we won't go backwards. I think the governor's point of view has shown a lack of imagination; he's saying we’re just going to cut our way out of this deal and we're not going to look at taxes."

Doran points out that New York is under court order to provide even more funding than the Board of Regents is proposing and she says that's another reason Paterson should reconsider his position on new taxes.

Michael Clifford/Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NY