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Assembly and Senate bills introduced that would compel state to fully end the GEA this year

school budget pie chart logoOn Jan. 28, Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner (D-Round Lake) and Senator Patrick Gallivan (R-Elma) introduced bi-partisan legislation (Assembly Bill A.2271 and Senate Bill S.2743) that would result in an immediate end to the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) in 2015-16 and thereafter provide school districts with the full amount of state aid they are legally allowed to receive.

Since it was first introduced in 2010-11, the GEA has deducted more than $9 billion in state aid from schools throughout New York. If these bills become law, the $1 billion remaining in GEA that would have been withheld will be fully restored to state aid this year.

To help get this important legislation passed, districts are encouraging their residents to contact local assembly and senate members to urge them to become co-sponsors of the bills (Assembly Bill A.2271 and Senate Bill S.2743) and to work for the passage of the legislation in their house.

Both legislators elected to represent Marcellus Central School District have signed on as co-sponsors of the bill. To thank them for their support and to urge them to work to get the bill passed, residents are encouraged to contact:
  • Assemblyman Gary Finch (126th Assembly District)
    Legislative Office Building, Room 448
    Albany, NY 12248
    Email: FinchG@assembly.state.ny.us
  • Senator John A. DeFrancisco (50th Senate District)
    416 Capitol
    Albany, NY 12247
    Email: jdefranc@nysenate.gov 
Here are sample letters you can download, sign and mail to your lawmakers

In the past five years, Marcellus Central School District has lost more than $9 million to the GEA.

Tell your legislators the stories of how the GEA has hurt your children and schools through the elimination of jobs and programs. Urge them to call for an immediate end to this devastating legislation. The more legislators hear from constituents, the better the chances they will make the GEA a priority issue this legislative session.

For more information on advocating for education, including a printable Advocacy Toolkit, visit our Advocacy webpage

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