Gap Elimination Adjustment

Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA): Introduced by Gov. Paterson in 2010-2011 as a way of reducing the State’s then-$10 billion deficit. A portion of the funding shortfall was divided among all the school districts in the State and reflected as a reduction in State aid. This reduced funding to public education by $1.6 billion.

To make up the loss in funding, districts could reduce program or raise taxes.