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Senator Murphy Fighting the Gap Elimination Adjustment, Freeing Up Money For Schools

February 17, 2015
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Dear Neighbor,

Earlier today I launched an online petition to finally end the notorious Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA).  After meeting with school officials across our district, the GEA’s devastating impact on our public schools needs to finally be abolished.

School board associations across the region of decried the GEA for years.  Last year the Journal News reported the GEA had drained schools across New York of more than $8 billion since it was first instated.  Dr. Rick Timbs, who serves as the executive director of the Statewide School Finance Consortium, has accused the state of using schools as scapegoats to solve its budgetary problems.  That is unacceptable!

I urge you to sign my petition to end the GEA!  This will have a dramatic impact on our local schools like Peekskill and Lakeland who lost more than $2 million to the GEA last year, as well as Mahopac, which lost more than $3 million.  These are valuable dollars that will have an immediate impact in our schools.

Together, we can finally end the disastrous gimmick of the GEA and return essential funds to our local schools.

Sincerely,

Dr. Terrence P. Murphy
New York State Senator
40th Senate District

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