The NYSED website has identified the Hornell City SD as having non-public school students within its authority. Every non-public school student in the Hornell City SD area represents a school budget savings because this district is required to provide a basic education to these students should they return to Hornell City SD.
Below are the 2013-2014 the budget savings that non-public school parents are providing every taxpayer in NYS and in the Hornell City SD.
NYS resident tax savings provided by non-public school parents:
- NY Non-public school enrollment – 507,825 students
- Median per student expense for NY public school education – $22,500
- Value of education entitled to but not rendered – $11,452,469,400 (that number is in the billions)
Hornell City SD budget/enrollment with non-public school parents subsidizing the mandatory costs.
- Proposed spending: $34,210,025
- Public School Enrollment: 1,875
- Per Student Expense: $18,245
Hornell City SD budget reflecting all non-public students returning for their rights to a basic public education:
- Non-Public School Enrollment: 49
- Additional Cost To Hornell City SD: $894,022
- Corrected Budget: $35,104,047
- Required Budget Increase: 2.61%
Many of the operators of the non-public schools have said that they will be closing more schools unless something is done. There is a bill called the Education Tax Credit that offers non-public school parents a small tuition assistance program of $500 plus allowances for people to donate to scholarship funds for students. Neither portion of the proposal involves a reduction in funding to the Hornell City SD or any other public schools. This small amount of help may prevent school budget increases of 4,638% for parents and taxpayers in other districts. Call your Albany representatives to find out where they stand.