Assemblywoman Woerner: We Must Get GEA Money Back to Our Schools

“While the Governor’s proposed increase to education aid is a step in the right direction, it is our responsibility as state representatives to do better for our students. Based on the executive proposal, schools that I represent will still be owed over $4.3 million in funding due to the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA), which has unfairly burdened our school districts and taxpayers since 2010. This figure is unacceptable, and every year that we shortchange our schools is another year that leaves our students without vital academic and extra-curricular programs and resources.

“Last year, I authored legislation to completely eliminate the GEA rate and provide school districts with the full amount of aid generated by all existing budget funding formulas. I will continue pushing to include this measure in both the Assembly’s budget proposal and the final state budget. It’s time that we give schools the money they deserve so our children can receive the world-class education they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond.”

Based on the executive’s budget proposal, the school districts that Assemblywoman Woerner represents are still owed $4,347,027:

  • Argyle: $140,907
  • Ballston Spa: $925,904
  • Cambridge: $183,357
  • Greenwich: $170,882
  • Hartford: $106,068
  • Mechanicville: $143,703
  • S. Glens Falls: $444,661
  • Salem: $227,731
  • Saratoga Springs: $1,424,324
  • Schuylerville: $208,355
  • Stillwater: $371,135