Foundation Aid Study

Comment on New York State’s education funding formula.

New York State’s Enacted State Fiscal Year 2024-25 Budget called for the Rockefeller Institute to conduct a study to assess the State’s Foundation Aid education funding formula and discuss potential modifications to how the formula works.

As part of the study, researchers at the Rockefeller Institute are collecting feedback from the public and education stakeholders, including school families, teachers, staff, administrators, school boards, appointed and elected officials, education researchers and experts, and education-focused support and advocacy organizations.

Stakeholders can share input on the Foundation Aid formula in two ways:

  1. Provide verbal comment at a public hearing; and/or
  2. Submit written comment through our online form.
Provide Verbal Comment at a Public Hearing

This summer, the Rockefeller Institute will be hosting five public hearings, with the generous support of local school districts across the state. The purpose of the hearings is to allow Rockefeller Institute researchers to listen directly to the education community and to record verbal feedback from a range of education stakeholders.

Locations and Dates for the Public Hearings
Date Location Region Address
July 16, 2024 Manhattan New York City High School of Fashion Industries, 225 W 24th St, New York, NY 10011
July 25, 2024 Buffalo Western New York North Park Community School, 780 Parkside Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14216
July 30, 2024 Farmingdale Long Island Weldon E. Howitt Middle School, 50 Vancott Ave, Farmingdale, NY 11735
August 8, 2024 Laurens Central New York Laurens Central School, 55 Main St, Laurens, NY 13796
August 14, 2024 Guilderland Capital Region Guilderland High School, 8 School Road, Guilderland Center, NY 12085
*** For all hearings, invited stakeholder testimony will begin at 2:00 p.m. and public comment for registered speakers will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Members of the education community are invited and encouraged to attend a hearing and provide input on potential changes to the Foundation Aid formula through public comment.

If you are interested in signing up to speak at a hearing, please click here to access our online Speaker Registration Form.

Submit Written Comment through Our Online Form

Education stakeholders across New York State are also encouraged to share input on potential changes to the Foundation Aid formula through the submission of written comments.

Now through Friday, September 6, 2024, at 11:59 pm (EST) interested members of the public can submit written feedback on the Foundation Aid formula online via the Written Comment Submission Form.

Incorporating Stakeholder Feedback into the Foundation Aid Study

The Rockefeller Institute will review all verbal and written comments from stakeholders that are collected at the public hearings and via the online Written Comment Submission Form. This feedback will be incorporated into the Foundation Aid formula study and will be used to inform the Institute’s final report on findings and discussion of policy options, which will be presented to the Governor, the Temporary President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the Assembly in early December 2024.

Have a question? You can reach a member of our team at [email protected].

Quick Links


  • What is the Foundation Aid formula?

    The Foundation Aid formula is the current method used by New York State to allocate a large proportion of State education resources to school districts. It was created in 2007 to consolidate thirty separate school aid programs into one formula, and to then distribute funds based on specific information about each school district, including enrollment, student demographics and needs, expected local contribution, and other factors. For additional detail about the Foundation Aid formula, please see the State Aid Primer and State Aid Handbook, which are published annually by the New York State Education Department.

    The current Foundation Aid formula was used as part of New York State’s Enacted State Fiscal Year 2024-25 Budget to allocate more than $24.9 billion in state education funding to local school districts, as part of the overall $35.9 billion State education funding package.

  • Why is there a study being done to change the Foundation Aid formula?

    In some cases, the current formula incorporates old or outdated data and statistics. For example, student poverty rates in each school district are currently measured based on data from the 2000 US Census, and the labor costs in the formula are based on information from 2007.

  • How is the Foundation Aid Study being conducted?

    Researchers at the Rockefeller Institute are currently in the listening, learning, and data collection phase of this study. They are continuously gathering feedback from a diverse community of education experts and stakeholders on potential revisions to the current Foundation Aid formula through meetings, in public hearings, and through the online Written Comment Submission Form. This feedback will help inform the Institute’s final report.

  • What is the purpose of the five public hearings?

    The purpose of the five scheduled public hearings—one each in school districts in New York City (Manhattan), Western New York (Buffalo), Long Island (Farmingdale), Central New York (Laurens), and the Capital Region (Guilderland)—is to allow the Rockefeller Institute to hear ideas for reform directly from members of the education community to help inform the research being conducted. All public testimony presented at the hearings will be recorded and transcribed.

  • Why should I provide feedback or participate? How will my feedback be used?

    The Rockefeller Institute strongly encourages members of the education community and other stakeholders to share their input on potential changes to the Foundation Aid formula. The Rockefeller Institute wants to hear from a range of community members who have diverse and informed perspectives. All written and verbal feedback collected will be thoroughly reviewed and considered as the Institute works to analyze all available information to prepare its final report.

  • Will these hearings be livestreamed?

    The Rockefeller Institute will be livestreaming each of the public hearings. As links for those streams become available they will be posted on the pages for each public hearing.