AURORA – In an open letter to the East Aurora School District 131 community posted on the District’s new “Fix the formula” website, Superintendent Dr. Michael A. Popp said it is time for a long-term fix to the state’s educational funding formula.
Over the last four years, East Aurora School District has lost $36 million due to the state’s proration formula, which takes the most dollars from districts with the least local resources.
“A formula that heavily penalizes the students who need the most support is simply unfair. It’s unfair to our residents who end up paying higher tax rates, and unfair to the students who don’t have access to the same resources as their neighbors,” Popp said. “Other districts have advocated to their legislators that we should have to wait for a better formula to come along. We have waited long enough. The current formula has cost our students $36 million in the last four years. It’s time to fix the formula.”