Nearly all of the school budgets considered by voters were approved on Tuesday, according to a preliminary analysis released by the New York State United Teachers.
The labor group assessed 388 school budgets put to voters by school districts around the state, finding only five proposals were turned down.
Schools continue to face an unprecedented level of uncertainty after in-school classes were suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic and teachers and students shifted to distance learning. At the same time, education spending could still face cuts from the state if federal aid is not approved or falls short.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said cuts of up to 20 percent are possible for education spending, but he has not specified where those reductions would be made.
“Even in challenging times, voters resoundingly made clear that funding public schools at the local level is a top priority,” NYSUT President Andy Pallotta said. “Especially in times of crisis, public schools serve as cornerstones of our communities, providing not just an education but also meals, mental health services and other critical services. Students need our support, and voters overwhelmingly delivered.”