Universal Pre-Kindergarten

Universal Pre-Kindergarten
Posted on 02/11/2016

February 2016

Dear New York State Leader:

-The West Irondequoit CSD will implement full-day kindergarten in September 2016, receiving only a one year increase in aid to cover an ongoing increase in expense,

-In order to continue to assist all students to achieve at the highest level, West Irondequoit CSD must be able to initiate the Universal Pre-K Program,  

-The West Irondequoit CSD has seen an increase in poverty; currently 27% of our students qualify for free/reduced meals in school,

-The tax cap for West Irondequoit CSD for 2016-17 is .73%, well below the limit often referred to as a 2% tax cap, severely restricting the district’s ability to raise funds,

-NYS Education Department will not allow any school districts to implement Universal Pre-Kindergarten until Foundation Aid is unfrozen. 

Please support Assemblyman Bronson, et al. in their Full-Day K Conversion Aid proposal, and

End the freeze on Foundation Aid – or separate Foundation Aid from the ability to implement Universal Pre-K - in time for the 2016-17 budget season, so that West Irondequoit may continue to offer an appropriate educational program for students of all ages.


Contact information for advocacy letter:

Joseph D. Morelle
Assembly District 132
564 East Ridge Rd. Suite 103
Rochester, NY 14621

Rich Funke
NYS Senate District 55
230 Packett’s Landing
Fairport, NY 14450

Harry Bronson
Assembly District 138
840 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607

David Gantt
Assembly District 137
107 Liberty Pole Way
Rochester, NY 14604

Governor Andrew Cuomo
The Honorable Andrew Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224

Stefan Fleming
Finger Lakes Regional Representative for Gov. Cuomo
400 Andrews Street, Suite 311
Rochester, NY 14604