The Midstate School Finance Consortium was formed in 1991 and presently includes as members 273 school districts and 19 BOCES spread across more than 30 New York counties. With most of Central and Western New York blanketed, the first districts in the Capital District region recently joined in the last few weeks.
The Consortium was originally formed to analyze possible changes in the state's school aid formula and the effect these changes would have on Upstate school districts. Since state aid to Upstate schools has essentially been frozen over recent years, the group is now examining the larger issue of public education funding in the state and advocating reforms.
A number of recent developments suggest that Albany may finally be forced to change the state's unfair method of paying for its schools according to the Midstate School Finance Consortium, a statewide group that has developed a simpler, more equitable school aid formula.
The Alliance for Quality Education is issuing this report to illustrate the beneficial impact the court decision could have on school children in the Southern Tier. This report uses the school aid formula proposed by the Midstate School Finance Consortium as an example of what the legislature could do to implement the CFE court decision.
The 280+ school districts of the MSFC strongly urge state legislators to ensure that every child receives the same funding starting point and that every taxpayer is treated fairly in a new school aid formula.