The New York State Budget for FY23 was just passed with record funding for nonpublic schools. We are pleased to announce that nonpublic school spending increased by 18% for a total increase of $49.9 million and for a total of over $326 million in funding.
The NYS Budget for FY23 includes increased funding for STEM teachers, security, health & safety, CAP & MSR, and COVID relief, among other programs. Thanks to your advocacy and support, our school’s security and students’ education will be stronger.
Here are some details on the Historic Investments from the State:
STEM Teacher Funding in Nonpublic Schools
With new funding at $58 million, an increase of 45%, the state is demonstrating its commitment to making sure all students have the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in our technologically driven society. This year is the largest dollar increase we’ve seen since this program started in 2017, and remains one of the fastest growing programs in the state.
Security, Health & NEW Capital Funding Program
$45 million, an increase of $30 million, has been allocated to the annual health and safety program. Additionally, schools will now be allowed to use this funding to cover critical repair and maintenance and other capital needs. This is in addition to $25 million for the Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes Grant program.
Comprehensive Attendance Policy (CAP) and Mandated Services (MSR)
For years, these two programs have been a major source of nonpublic school funding from the state. In the new budget, CAP will be funded at $79.4 million, and MSR will be funded at $115.7 million. A combined increase of over $1.9 million.
EANS and GEER Funding (COVID Relief)
Lawmakers adopted the Governor’s proposed language affirming that federal Emergency Assistance to Nonpublic Schools (EANS) funds will remain available to reimburse religious and independent schools for allowable pandemic-related costs through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER).
We thank the Governor, the Senate, and the Assembly for stepping up for our students and schools. We also thank our coalition partners, specifically the Catholic Conference, Agudath Israel of America, and UJA Federation of New York, who have worked with us, hand in hand, as we continue to fight together for equitable education funding for all children across the state of New York.