Justin Murphy – Rochester Democrat and Chronicle USA TODAY NETWORK – in the D&C on 12/14/2020 on page A2

At the same time it scours its own budget for savings and requests more money from the state, the Rochester school board intends as well to pursue some lower profile legislative funding adjustments.

Chief among them is a long-elusive goal: getting the city of Rochester to increase its annual allotment to the school district, known as the maintenance of effort (MOE) payment. It has stayed flat at $119.1 million since 2004-05, even as the city and RCSD budget have grown each year.

In a proposed list of state legislative priorities for 2021, the school board listed three goals related to the MOE: an immediate increase; a mechanism for regular annual increases; and a loosening of restrictions on how some of that money can be spent.

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