The NYS Comptroller's Fiscal Monitoring System has increased BCSD's Fiscal Stress Level to Moderate, placing BCSD third in the State of NY in terms of Fiscal Stress. Due to unfunded mandates and an increasing high need population, costs are rising significantly faster than revenues, despite the fact that programs have been cut, class sizes are increasing, and total employment is down. The BCSD needs financial aid from the State to maintain quality education.
BCSD has a substantial and rising population of high need and at risk students comprised of English Language Learners (ELLs) and students in poverty who receive Free and Reduced Price Meals. Out of 46 districts in Westchester and Putnam counties, the BCSD is:
Yet, BCSD is #40 out of 46 districts in Westchester/Putnam Counties in the amount of the NY State aid we receive.
Districts across Westchester and Putnam counties are experiencing declining student populations. Many have a minimal number of high need students, yet they receive more aid than the BCSD.
State aid is intended to help districts that genuinely need it most. The aid should be provided for students at risk and requiring mandated services. BCSD represents a diverse community that is more heterogeneous than most districts in Westchester and Putnam counties, and the lack of State support for communities with growing English Language Learner populations is hurting those districts the most.
These changes would provide the funding needed for the Bedford Central School District to provide adequate, equitable, fair and affordable education for all children.
The key areas, which will likely have the greatest impact, are:
Two of our legislators, Senator George Latimer and Assemblyman David Buchwald are holding a Town Hall meeting from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at the Bedford Town Hall, Courtroom 321, Bedford Road, Bedford Hills.
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These documents have been crafted with input from a Bedford Central School District Board of Education ad hoc Advocacy Committee, the BCSD Board of Education Finance Committee, the BCSD Community Budget Advisory Committee, and the school administration. We have also incorporated recommendations from other State and regional advocacy groups. The Bedford Teachers Association has expressed support for these advocacy positions, and is working on behalf of this effort.
Advocacy Work of Regional and State Education Organizations