As Martha Foley reports, Gov. Andrew Cuomo supports changes that would send more money to the neediest districts, but he wants to put students front and center as the conversation about aid to schools goes forward.
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The Board of Regents proposal would give 73-percent of increased state aid to high-need districts. That could mean a financial boost to North Country schools. The Watertown Daily Times reports that Northern New York schools are the third poorest by region in the state – behind Central New York and the Southern Tier.
Governor Andrew Cuomo says he also wants more money for poorer school districts – but its going to come with some strings attached.
Cuomo spoke with host Susan Arbetter on The Capital Pressroom, a public radio show on WCNY.
"My definition and what I advocate is primarily need based, and there will also be arguments for fairness in geographic distribution," the governor said. "And I also want to be talking 'bout. . . I want to change the conversation. I think this is a conversation dominated by special interests, burocracy, unions. And there’s not enough focus on the students and actual education and performance. And I want to bring that new emphasis to the conversation."
Cuomo says New York is currently number one in school spending, but only 34th in student performance – and he wants more focus on that.