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Education advocates say boost in state aid needed

Education advocates say New York schools need more state aid. (Photo: MGN)

A coalition of New York education groups says schools will need a boost of more than $2 billion in state aid next year, if schools are going to meet needs of students.

The Educational Conference Board's budget recommendation includes a $1.3 billion increase in the base Foundation Aid, $400 million more for reimbursements for services, including transportation and special education, and another $500 million for priority areas, like school safety and supporting struggling schools.

The conference board is made up of agencies representing administrators, parents and teachers. It says schools have seen increases over the past decade in students who are poor, disabled or are learning English as a second language.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to release his budget proposal next month.

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