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Tkaczyk pushes leadership for more school aid

Mar 27, 2014 8:49 am
Jordan Carleo-Evangelist is reporting at Capitol Confidential as Legislative leaders met again with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Wed., Mar. 26, to resolve the details of next year’s state budget, those not in the room continued to make their wishes known. State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, along with Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and six other Democrats have written to leadership and Cuomo urging them to include more funding for education in the final agreement, especially for struggling upstate rural and small city school districts. They asked for non-specific increases in Foundation Aid, the main source of state money to schools, and restoration of reductions in state funding to districts that began in the 2009-10 school year to help the state close its own budget gap. Cuomo’s budget would increase spending on education by $807 million, but advocates and the Board of Regents have called for a $1.3 billion boost. Read the full story at Capitol Confidential, a Times Union blog.