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State legislatures and assembly put pressure on Cuomo to add $1.9 billion in school aid

Cyril Josh Barker | 1/16/2014, 4:07 p.m.
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Over 80 senators and Assembly members released a letter calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to increase school aid by $1.9 billion when he releases the executive budget next week.

Initiated by Assembly Education Committee Chair Catherine Nolan, Chairman of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Caucus Assemblymember Karim Camara and state Sen. Kevin Parker, the letter details the sweeping cuts that schools across the state have endured each of the past five years. It calls for the support of suburban, rural, small city and large city schools across the state and for a budget that closes the funding inequality between rich and poor school districts.

New York is ranked fifth in the nation in inequity of educational opportunities between wealthy and poor school districts. This gap has been exacerbated over each of the past five years due to cuts in classroom aid followed by consecutive years of insufficient funding to schools.