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Foundation Aid Plan

The 2021-22 enacted state budget includes language stating that, for the 2021-22, 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years, each school district receiving a foundation aid increase of more than ten percent or $10,000,000 must post to the district website prior to July 1 of each school year a plan by school year of how the funds will be used to address student performance and need, including but not limited to:
● Increasing graduation rates and eliminating the achievement gap;
● Providing supports for students who are not meeting, or who are at risk of not meeting, state learning standards in core academic subject areas;
● Addressing student social-emotional health; and
● Providing adequate resources to English language learners, students with disabilities, and students experiencing homelessness.

For the 2022-23 school year, the Freeport Union Free School District will be receiving a foundation aid increase of $15.4 million. After years of advocacy by Freeport Public Schools, along with other organizations, the state is finally on the path of restoring full funding of the foundation aid (our fair share) over 3 years. The proposed increase of the foundation aid for 2022-2023 is a partial restoration of the aid due to the district that has been deferred for many years. These funds offset the expenditure increase and the revenue shortfalls while also providing a tax levy decrease for the 2022-2023 school year.

Please see the attached plan.