The Gap Elimination Adjustment, or GEA, 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. The GEA is a negative number, money that is deducted from the aid originally due to the district. 

The District’s total loss in funding due to the GEA is over $16.5 million. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s state budget proposal released in January 2016 continues the GEA. Legislators, school officials and Boards of Education are calling for full elimination of the GEA in the 2016-17 state budget.

UPDATE: Great news! The Gap Elimination Adjustment has been full restored in the 2016-17 state budget.

 

Averill Park CSD's Six-Year History

School Year   GEA    GEA Restoration    Net GEA 
2010-11                        (3,921,369)                  1,331,387                          (2,589,982)
2011-12                        (4,755,665)                     511,513                          (4,244,152)
2012-13                        (4,244,152)                     450,647                          (3,793,505)
2013-14                        (3,793,505)                     855,207                          (2,938,298)
2014-15                        (2,938,298)                     772,113                          (2,166,185)
2015-16                        (2,166,185)                  1,362,155                             (804,030)
        Total 6 Year GEA Reduction:                         (16,536,152)

 

 

Q: What is the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA)?

A: The Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) law was first introduced for the 2010-2011 fiscal year 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. GEA is money that is deducted from state aid originally promised to school districts based on state aid formulas. Essentially, it’s a "take-back" by the state of aid originally due to school districts.

Q: How does GEA affect our schools?

A: Many schools throughout the state have gaping holes in their budgets due to the GEA. Since the take-back went into effect, Averill Park has lost more than $16.5 million in aid under GEA legislation. On a state level, schools have lost more than $6.1 billion in aid. This translates into more than $2,200 per student.

 

Gap Elimination Adjustment video - Three-minute video explaining Gap Elimination Adjustment school aid cuts.