Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA)
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|
|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.