Just what is the GEA, anyway?

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Have you been hearing a lot about the state’s Gap Elimination Adjustment, or GEA, but are not really sure what it is and how it impacts school districts? The video at this link (and additional information on the district’s Budget 2013-14 page) might help. The Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) law 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. Screen shot 2013-08-22 at 11.51.22 PMThe GEA has left a hole in many school district budgets — including in Cazenovia — in recent years. In the Executive Budget Proposal for 2013-14, which state lawmakers are currently considering, the GEA is continued. It shows up as a $1.4 million loss of aid for Cazenovia. You can find a host of advocacy resources on our website, including contact information for our elected representatives. Please take the time to let them know how you feel about the state policies and funding for education.

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