State aid cuts would reduce school budgets up to 12 percent

When Gov. David Paterson released his budget earlier this week, public schools cringed at the proposed 3.3 percent education funding cuts.

Cutbacks would hit schools hardest in the form of reduced software, library and textbook aid, according to the New York State Department of Education executive budget proposals.

The budget proposals show current aid as well as estimated aid amounts for the upcoming year.

For example, the proposal for the Fayetteville-Manlius School District reveals a decrease in state aid for software, library and textbook funding, however, for the Jamesville-DeWitt School District, the proposal shows an increase in the same category.

In both districts, there's a slight increase in transportation funding.

The figures below represent what the budget proposals estimate the 2009-2010 overall state funding changes will be:

Jamesville-DeWitt School District would receive $8,270,046 in state aid, down $1,126,717 (just under 12 percent) from the previous year.

Fayetteville-Manlius School District would receive $13,861,884 in state aid, down $1,770,386 (just over 11 percent) from the year before.

East Syracuse-Minoa Central School District data was not posted on the NYSED Web site as of Dec. 18.

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