Advocacy Information

  • The Amherst Board of Education supports the following legislative priorities:

    Establish Adequate and Equitable Funding
    While the Executive Budget proposal includes an overall increase in school aid of $2.1 billion, it reduces the state's responsibility by approximately $1.7 billion by relying heavily on federal funds. Federal Stimulus Funds for Education are being diverted back to NYS to help close the state’s budget gap, but what happens next year when the federal allocations are gone? The state will still have a budget gap.

    We request to:

    • Decrease the over-reliance on federal funds.
    • Reject attempts to consolidate and eliminate expense-based and categorical aids.
    • Expand proposal to reimburse certain transportation expense during the pandemic.
    • Support proposal to aid costs to deliver student meals, instructional materials and provide Wi-Fi. Fund those costs in 2020-2021, not only Spring 2020. Reimburse other ‘stand-by’ transportation during the entirety of the pandemic.
    • Reject attempts to continue to shift certain CSE special education costs from the state to school districts.
    • Review/repair of the Foundation Aid formula to include adjustments on weightings used for high-need students, updates to regional cost index and improvement of student poverty data collection methods.
    • Address neglected areas such as prior year aid claims which can take up to 15 years for a district to receive state aid.

    Property Tax Cap Amendments
    Enact at least temporary adjustments to the property tax cap. The property tax cap allows for tax growth of 2% or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower. 
    We request to:

    • Make allowable growth factor a minimum of 2%.
    • Prohibit negative tax caps.

    Student Health and Safety
    Providing students with a safe and secure learning environment which adequately supports their physical and mental health needs is a top priority for many districts. We request to:

    • Make available flexible grant funding to support development and implementation of school safety programs.
    • Allow Boards of Education to determine whether or not school district buildings are used as polling places.
    • Adequately fund programs that support students' physical and mental health including dedicated funding for mental health.

    How can you help? Write and Call Your Representatives Now!
    New York's public schools deserve to be adequately funded so that every child can have the world-class education that they need to succeed in life after high school.

    As supporters of education in Western New York, we call on you to invest in our children's future and restore public education funding in New York State. Change doesn’t happen by accident. Only by communicating effectively with our decision makers can we address the funding deficiencies in New York’s public education system.

    Today, call, email or mail the three governmental representatives listed below who will be involved in important budget decisions over the next two months and share the following message. 

    "I am calling on behalf of the Amherst Central School District and would like to request that education be one of your priorities during the upcoming budget deliberations. New York State should decrease the over-reliance on federal funds and reject attempts to consolidate and eliminate expense-based and categorical aids. Thank you, for your time and consideration." 

    Sample Letter for Elected Leaders

    The Honorable Kathy Hochul
    Governor of New York State
    NYS State Capitol Building
    Albany, NY 12224
    Phone: Executive Chambers (518) 474-8390
    Fax: (518) 474-1513
    Form to contact Gov. Hochul   

    Senator Edward A. Rath III
    1961 Wehrle Drive Suite 9
    Williamsville, NY 14221
    Phone: 631-8695 or (585) 454-0322
    Email Senator Rath ( 
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    Sen. Rath's Albany Address:
    188 State Street Room 513, Legislative Office Building
    Albany, NY 12247
    Phone: (518) 455-3161
    Fax: (518) 426-6963

    Assemblymember Karen McMahon
    5500 Main St., Suite 216
    Williamsville, NY 14221
    Phone: 634-1895
    Fax: 634-1250
    Email Assemblymember McMahon (
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    Assemblymember McMahon's Albany Address:
    LOB 631
    Albany, NY 12248 

    Thank you for your continued support of public education!

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