NYS Association of Small City School Districts
Breakfast Seminar At the Council of School Superintendent’s 2024 Winter Institute
March 4, 2024 at 7:30 am
Albany Capital Center (55 Eagle Street, Albany) Meeting Room 2A
Speaker: Dr. Bruce Baker,Professor and Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning, University of Miami.
Built on a Foundation of Sand: Fixing New York State’s Foundation Aid Formula to Provide Adequate Education to All (2023).
“SMALL” CITIES ARE A BIG DEAL
Small city school districts have an impact on the entire state.
There are 57 small city school districts spread all across New York State, from Niagara Falls to Troy
and from Ogdensburg to Long Beach and Glen Cove.
Small city school districts are large districts.
Small city school districts are twice the average size of other school districts and are situated
in urban areas with 1.5 million residents.
Small city school districts serve a large portion of the state’s students.
Small city school districts serve a large portion (15%) of the state’s students outside NYC.
Small city school districts serve approximately twice the number of students than the
“Big 4” school districts of Rochester, Syracuse, Buffalo, and Yonkers combined (in round numbers:
240,000 vs. 120,000) or two-thirds of urban students outside NYC.
Small city school districts teach many of the state’s most vulnerable children.
Small city school districts serve high percentages of poor students; on average 55% of the districts’ children
qualify for free and reduced priced lunch based on family income.