DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. -- The Dobbs Ferry School District is joining the campaign to restore state aid due to the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA).
The Westchester Putnam School Boards Association's (WPSBA) campaign aims to restore the loss of more than half a billion dollars in state aid due to GEA. The GEA is a formula in the state budget that reduces the amount of state aid each school district is entitled to receive. The GEA has "negatively impacted public school districts statewide," representatives said, noting that it has resulted in reducing state aid by about $8.9 billion.
"The Dobbs Ferry Board of Education passed a resolution last week seeking an end to the GEA, and it is our hope that the residents of Dobbs Ferry will reach out to their elected representatives and join us in this effort," said Tracy Baron, Dobbs Ferry Board of Education president.
The WPSBA has made the elimination of the GEA one of its highest priorities for the 2013-14 school year, representatives said. The WPSBA is encouraging residents to join its campaign to eliminate the GEA by participating in a letter writing initiative to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and local legislative representatives in Albany.
Community members can visit the WPSA website to learn more about the GEA's impact on area schools.
“The Dobbs Ferry Board of Education encourages everyone to use the electronic advocacy system on the WPSBA website to send the sample letter asking Governor Cuomo and our legislators for their support to eliminate the GEA beginning in the 2014-2015 school year,” said Baron. “Your participation is critical to our efforts to eliminate the GEA and restore state aid to our schools.”