Dr. Rick Timbs – On the Air



9/1/20 Dr. Rick Timbs on Capital Tonight

(Screenshot Spectrum News Capital Tonight)

(Screenshot Spectrum News Capital Tonight)

Dr. Rick Timbs of the Statewide School Finance Consortium was on Capital Tonight with Susan Arbetter on Tuesday and he concluded that due to COVID-19 and budget cuts, “schools are in an impossible situation.”

Districts have had to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on COVID-19-related expenses that were unbudgeted, things like masks, thermometers and disinfectant.

And Timbs says that’s not the end to the challenges districts are facing.

“Simultaneously, the governor has put a tolling on the statute of limitations on new borrowing, so districts that needed to get the roof fixed or other capital project work that were going to borrow to do the capital project, are hindered because they can’t meet certain notification regulations because the courts are closed.”

In other words, when districts borrow, members of the public can object, but without the courts being open to take new cases, that regulation has gone out the window.

Timbs says districts are facing a spectrum of issues as they face re-opening, either in person or not.  -Capital Tonight

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Dr. Rick Timbs testimony at the NYS Senate Standing Committee on Education

December 3, 2019 in New York City

Capitol Pressroom on WCNY

Reaction to current issues impacting education - changes to ESSA, APPR, school finances, school security (9/17/18)

Thoughts on school aid runs (1/23/18)

Keeler In The Morning on WIBX 950
Impact of Governor’s budget proposal on education (1/18/18)


Rick Timbs reacts to Governor’s call for education reform (Capitol Pressroom).  Listen

SSFC Executive Director Dr. Rick Timbs shared reaction to the departure of State Education Commissioner John King (who is leaving New York for a post with the Obama Administration) on the Thursday (Dec. 11) edition of  ”The Capitol Pressroom” with host Susan Arbetter.  Listen


SSFC’s Dr. Rick Timbs and Port Byron’s Supt., Neil O’Brien, talk education funding in a roundtable discussion hosted by WCNY Capitol Correspondent Susan Arbetter.


Watch the roundtable on WCNY’s “Insight” (Aug. 29 episode):  CLICK HERE

Listen to the roundtable on “The Capitol Pressroom” (Sept. 1 podcast): CLICK HERE 

SSFC’s Dr. Rick Timbs talks public education funding and the GEA on Rochester public radio station WXXI (July 31). CLICK HERE TO LISTEN