The video was produced by the Superintendents' Legislative Committee of Capital Region and Questar III BOCES.
Gap Elimination Adjustment. Those three words have shown up on the district's stat aid report for four consecutive years. What do they mean? The GEA, as it is called, is an amount of each district's promised state aid that has been withheld to help the state address its own budget challenges since 2010-11.
Since that time, Niskayuna's schools have lost $11.9 million to the GEA. Under the state budget proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in January 2014, the district would lose another $2.9 million in 2014-15.
â€œAs a result, we will still have a gap between available revenue and expenditures," Superintendent Susan Kay Salvaggio said. â€œWe continue to believe there is no better investment than a Niskayuna education â€“ and hope that in the final state budget we see more of the aid that has been withheld in recent years returned to our district and its classrooms."
â€œWe need our community to advocate for the elimination of the GEA â€“ for Niskayuna and for all schools across the state."
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The video was produced by the Superintendent's Joint Legislative Committee. The committee, which includes Niskayuna Superintendent Susan Kay Salvaggio, organized the public school advocacy events held at East Greenbush in January and in our district in February. The goal of the events was to call attention to the urgency of the fiscal challenges facing public schools - and give parents and taxpayers the tools they need to engage state officials on these issues.