NYSUT Has Hopes for Better State Funding for Education
4/1/2013 (Updated 11:27:26 PM)Could we be turning a corner when it comes to state funding of education? The state's largest teachers union says that's a real possibility.
NYSUT, or the New York State Union of Teachers, sees positives in the recently passed budget which calls for $21 billion in education spending, which is $1 billion more than what Governor Cuomo had originally called for.
But issues like the state tax cap are still limiting spending on education:
"This year they're about $1.1 billion short. And next year even with these increases they're still at least $100 million short of what they were in 2008-2009. But this is a good start," said Catherine Klein, Regional Staff Director of NYSUT.
Klein says one way schools can work around the tax cap it to take a chance and put a budget in front of voters that exceeds the cap, then hope the 60 percent needed to override the cap votes in favor of it.
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