Gap Elimination AdjustmentWhat is the Gap Elimination Adjustment? The Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) was first introduced for the 2010-11 fiscal year by former Governor David Paterson as a way to help close New York's then $10 billion budget deficit. Under the legislation, a portion of the funding shortfall at the state level is divided among all school districts throughout the state and reflected as a reduction in school district state aid. The GEA is a negative number, money that is deducted from the aid originally due to the district. And it means that many school districts have a gaping hole in their budget due to this reduction in aid.
Letters seeking support for legislation that would end the Gap Elimination Adjustment that has resulted in a loss of nearly $23 million in state aid to Lancaster Schools since 2011: