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School Boards Association Supports Proposed Increase in Education Aid

By Mark Scott

Albany, NY – The State School Boards Association is supporting a proposed 8.2 percent increase in education aid to New York schools next year. The Board of Regents released its proposal for a $1.3 billion increase last week.

School Boards Association Director Timothy Kremer says he's pleased that much of the increased spending will go to high need districts.

"I think it does a really good job of addressing the funding reform concerns we've been fighting for," Kremer said. "This approach is based on principals that are supported by our organization. It gets us more closer to adequate funding, distributed in an equitable fashion."

Big city school districts upstate would share $131 million of the proposed increase in education aid.

Kremer said the Regents are not taking money from wealthier districts to help those in need. He said all districts would see their state aid increased next year.