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.