Executive director of state school finance reform group to discuss inequities of school funding Tuesday in Canton
Monday, November 26, 2012 - 9:31 am

CANTON -- The executive director of the Statewide School Finance Consortium will be at the BOCES office in Canton Tuesday to speak about the issue of inequity in school funding in New York State.

Dr. Rick Timbs is described as an informed and articulate speaker on this issue, of concern to many North Country schools, which have seen rising costs and diminishing aid from the state.

He will speak at 5 p.m. at the BOCES offices, 40 W. Main St., about the inequities in the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) program.

The Statewide School Finance Consortium has compiled a report, “The Numbers Don’t Lie: The Current Crisis of New York State School District Finances,” can be seen online at http://www.statewideonline.org/data/SSFC_2012_Whitepaper_FINAL_9-26-2012.pdf.

A couple of other links provide some background.

An interview with focus on the origins of the current crisis, the inequitable Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA), including depiction of the impacts of policy, is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CKUz4uHgAI&feature=relmfu.

A seven-minute video that was produced in advance of the tax cap legislation which explains how the cap increases inequity for poor districts, with an illustration of the problem and suggestions on how to deal with it, is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=HGOt9yyQR6A&NR=1