Jesse Smith. Daily Freeman. 4/2/2005.
The budget also contains a new line item for "Sound Basic Education" aid. This funding is doled out under a formula that takes into account teacher salaries, as compared to other school districts, and the number of economically disadvantaged students in a district. The "Sound Basic Education" aid comes in response to a state Court of Appeals ruling that current state aid formulas failed to provide a sound, basic education for New York City students. The new budget line was Gov. George Pataki's response to the ruling but is being applied statewide and is far lower than the spending increase called for by the court.