Education State Aid

06.20.13 | Abby Lutcher

But 80 percent of the state's tax revenues from the new casinos will be used statewide for elementary and secondary education or property tax relief. Cuomo says the educational aid will not be part of the state's existing education aid formula but in addition to it. Corning-Painted Post superintendent Mike Ginalski, recognizing the need for more state aid in education, says the casino aid is a step in the right direction, but he worries about the consequences of hasty legislation. “I'll admit I’m somewhat skeptical, just because it's been fast and furious here in the last two weeks trying to push this through,” he says.  “It all depends on the details, and I don't think any of us have really seen the details yet.” Ginalski says there was no major marketing of this legislation to school districts, so he knows little about it's details or how much money would be involved. He also says he hopes the money is readily available and not put into specific grants, as Cuomo has done in the past. Ginalski says there are millions of dollars just sitting because his district either doesn't have the services the grants are meant for, or it doesn't have a big enough population. Despite the lack of specifics so far, Ginalski says additional aid from the state is welcome regardless of where it comes from.