Advocacy

“A quality education is arguably the most important tool we can provide our students with to prepare them for success in today’s global economy.” 

– Governor Andrew Cuomo, Education Commission Report, January 14, 2014

Why should YOU advocate?

Because your schools…

  • educate your children
  • employ your neighbors
  • are funded by your tax dollars
  • influence your property values and help attract property owners to your community

Without your help, your schools will face more reductions to programs and services for students. Becoming an advocate for education is not as hard as you might think. The only prerequisite is a strong desire to stand up for our students and our schools.

On this page, you will find resources and information to help make you a better advocate for your public schools. We will be updating this page on a regular basis, so be sure to check back often!

Links

  • Advocacy Toolkit — learn more about advocacy and the many things you can do to help your public schools.
  • Legislator look-up — this excel file lists Senate and Assemblymembers for ALL school districts in the state. It also includes a direct link to each rep’s online contact form. You must enter in the exact name of your school district if using the look-up function; otherwise, click on the “data” tab in the form to view an alphabetical list.
  • Learn more about the gap elimination adjustment (GEA).

Regional GEA Interactive Map:

The GEA 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. Now in it’s fourth year, the GEA  has cost districts Capital Region alone more than $387 million in promised State aid. Here’s how the GEA breaks down for the 47 districts in Capital Region and Questar III BOCES. Click on a red location marker to learn more about the district.