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Cuomo’s Budget Calls for 4.3% Increase in School Aid, Regents Want More

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has called for a 4.3 percent increase in school aid this year. His budget calls for $24.2 billion worth of education spending.

Cuomo pledged a $2 billion increase in school aid over two years. The State Board of Regents wanted a $2.4 billion increase this year, or a 10 percent hike.

Cuomo’s two-year plan calls for the state to pay back schools $434 million for cuts made during the recession, called the Gap Elimination Adjustment program.

The Senate voted Monday to eliminate the GEA this year. Senator Jim Seward co-sponsored the bill saying restoration of school aid is a top priority in 2016.

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