State Budget Adds More to Education than Expected
3/29/2013 (Updated 6:56:11 PM)The budget does add almost a billion dollars more in education funding than Governor Cuomo had originally called for.
Included in that statewide increase is about six million dollars more for schools in Broome County.
Union-Endicott will receive a special one-time grant of around three million dollars to offset the loss in the tax base due to the re-assessment of the Huron Campus.
Maine-Endwell will get almost half a million more than Cuomo originally proposed, helping the district save two positions slated to be cut.
"I think this will help retain some faculty, staff, and also help with important programs that parents, teachers, students did not want to lose. Does it get us where we need to be? Probably not but it does buy us some time," said Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo.
"It's something that we needed to get done because our schools are on the verge of fiscal insolvency as well as education insolvency," said Assemblyman Cliff Crouch.
Total state spending on education in this budget is 21 billion dollars.
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