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Rep. Barbra Lifton Calls For More Education Funding

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Assemblywoman Barbra Lifton, who represents Cortland and Tompkins County is calling for an increase in state funding to public schools and colleges.

Lifton has sent letters to Assembly speaker Carl Heastie urging the Gap Elimination Adjustment be fully eliminated this year and funding to public schools be increased by $2.6 Million.

She is also calling for an increase of $2.2 million in Foundation Aid, which provides more aid to poorer school districts.

In a second letter, Lifton calls for the state to add significant funding for SUNY colleges and community colleges rather than enacting another tuition increase.

Lifton says state funding to SUNY has dropped more than 40% since 2009.

Lifton joined Tompkins and Cortland County lawmakers urging the state to add more money for community colleges like TC3.

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