New York State Increases Support for Community Schools in Final FY 2018-2019 Budget

Albany, NY – New York State’s recently-approved final Fiscal Year 2018-2019 budget includes $200 million in community schools aid to support the conversion of schools identified as “struggling” or “persistently struggling” to community schools.  This figure represents a $50 million increase over the FY 2017-2018 final budget.  The budget also provides $250,000 in new funding to support expansion of mental health services in community schools, to be identified by the State Commissioner of Education subject to approval by the Director of the Budget.  In addition, the final budget includes increases for after-school and summer programs, core components of community schools across the state.