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Governor Tours School Benefiting from State Aid Increase

By Mark Scott

Cheektowaga, NY – Governor Eliot Spitzer toured Union East Elementary School in Cheektowaga Thursday to tout the historic increase in state aid local school districts received for the new year.

Cheektowaga Schools received a $1.5 million increase in its state aid for the new year that began this week. Superintendent Delia Bonenberger says the extra funding is already having an immediate impact.

With a push from Spitzer, the State Legislature approved a $1.8 billion increase in state aid to local school districts in this year's budget. During his appearance yesterday, he downplayed the numbers, saying he's more concerned about how students are benefiting.

Spitzer says education is his top priority. He says the biggest increases will continue to go to those schools that need it most.

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