School Districts Take Issue With GEA

Local school officials have begun lobbying the GEA, or Gap Elimination Adjustment, which state government set up in 2010 to slowly adjust budgets and funding. According to records the GEA has reduced more than 455 million dollars of school aid in the past four years, executive director of the Statewide School Finance Consortium Rick Timbs stated the Governor is attempting to restore the state deficit, but in doing so is taking money from schools and students. School Districts in Rockland and the surrounding counties are urging Governor Cuomo to add money to the 2014-15 budget that would make up for the millions lost to schools. According to the Governor’s spokeswoman Dani Lever he has proposed an 807 million dollar increase in funding for education in this year’s budget, and the government has invested 918 million in the last two years. However, all over the state districts are expressing a need for more money. In Rockland the East Ramapo School District enrollment has risen by one- hundred students per year for the past four years, having cut 450 positions in that time. According to members of the assembly and senate a partial restoration of 8.4 million dollars has been included in the 2014-15 budget.

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