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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 10, 2010

SCHUMER RELEASES A COUNTY BY COUNTY BREAKDOWN OF FUNDING NUMBERS FROM EDUCATION JOBS BILL SET TO PASS CONGRESS TODAY - MEASURE WILL PROVIDE A TOTAL $607M TO NY'S STRAPPED SCHOOL DISTRICTS


Measure, Set to Pass Congress Today, Is Fully Paid For - Won't Add a Dime to the Deficit

Will Provide Hundreds of Millions of Dollars To New York State To Mitigate Teacher Layoffs- Schumer Will Fight To See Every Nickel Goes To School Districts and None Stays in Albany

Today U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer released a breakdown of estimates of what each county’s school districts will receive from the education jobs bill that saw final Congressional passage today.  Schumer pushed hard for the measure, and it was passed by the Senate last week.  The House of Representatives passed it today.  The measure, which is fully paid for, will send an estimated $607 million to New York State, which the U.S. Department of Education estimates will save approximately 8,100 teaching jobs in New York.  Schumer’s office worked with the New York State United Teachers to calculate the estimates. 

“Allowing massive teacher layoffs and compromising our children’s education is the best way to ensure that the effects of this recession ripple forward for generations to come,” said Schumer.  “This bill will help us avoid that disastrous outcome, and will do so without adding a dime to the federal deficit.”                     

The bill will provide $10 billion for additional support to local school districts to prevent imminent layoffs across the country.  For New York, it provides an $607 million and will avoid approximately 8,100 teacher layoffs, according to estimates by the U.S. Department of Education.  Nationwide, it is estimated that this fund will help keep nearly 140,000 educators employed next year.

The fund will be administered by the U.S. Department of Education.  After reviewing State applications, the Department will make formula allocations to States based on total population and school age population.  States will then distribute the funds to school districts through their respective funding formulas or based on each district’s share of Title I funds.  New York State has indicated that it will distribute the funding through the state education formula. 

Schumer is pushing to ensure that every dollar of these federal funds, while administered by Albany, make their way to local school districts to mitigate teacher layoffs, as federal law directs.

 

“The education jobs bill is solely designed to stem the tide of layoffs and keep workers from the unemployment line,” said Schumer. “That why I plan to push Albany to spend every nickel the way it was intended to be spent – on jobs.”

 

The funding will send approx $607 million to New York State.  Here is how it will be distributed across the state, according to estimates done by the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT). Attached is a county-by county report detailing the breakdown. The numbers are based on a proportion of the state’s budget cuts to each district being withdrawn:

 

·         The Capital Region will receive approximately $44 million

·         Western New York will receive approximately $54 million

·         The Rochester-Finger Lakes Region will receive approximately $51 million

·         Central New York will receive approximately $46 million

·         The Southern Tier will receive approximately $33 million

·         The Hudson Valley will receive approximately $66 million

·         The North Country will receive approximately $21 million


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