Rural Schools Association of New York State

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Blog Series: Course on "Inclusive Rural Development" - Installment 4 of more than 6

June 28, 2019

Blog Series: Course on "Inclusive Rural Development" - Installment 3 of more than 6

June 21, 2019

Blog Series: Course on "Inclusive Rural Development" - Installment 2 of more than 6

June 14, 2019

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School Aid Runs

Click on the following link for the Executive Budget’s proposed School Aid Runs for individual school districts.  These figures reflect the governor’s proposal to merge Expense Based (Reimbursable) Aids into Foundation Aid.  These figures are subject to negotiation with the state legislature and as such are not final.  RSA recognizes that this plan is harmful to our schools, as proposed.  We will work with state leaders to arrive at a more equitable and sufficient school aid plan.  At the least, the plan will need to restore the state’s commitment to reimburse school districts for promised aid for the traditional reimbursable categories, plus a sufficient Foundation Aid total and adjustments to the Foundation Aid formula to account for increased poverty, decreased local property wealth, the increased cost addressing the needs of English Language Learners and student mental health issues.  If you have impacts from the Executive Budget proposal that would be particularly burdensome, please email RSA, so that we can include your information in our advocacy efforts.


Washington Watch

Washington Watch

December3, 2019 Reforming the State's Education Foundation Aid Formula 

Who We Are

The Rural Schools Association is a statewide, member driven organization dedicated to representing the interests of small and rural school districts in New York State. The Rural Schools Association is anchored in the New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University within the Community and Regional Development Institute. Our offices and staff plan the annual conference, research and assess policy recommendations, and support, collaborate, and report on research across the University that is relevant to rural schools. 

Our Mission

The Rural Schools Association (RSA) is a member driven organization representing the particular interests of the small and rural school districts of New York State. RSA also initiates research, and provides information and services as needed by its members.

Cornell University Office


Rural Schools Association
Warren Hall 275 Flex
Ithaca, New York, 14853


Office: 607.255.8709

Fax: 607.254.2896 

Albany Office

Rural Schools Association

24 Century Hill Drive, Suite 200-A

Latham, NY 12110


Office: 518.250.5710

Cell: 518.888.4598

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