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New York State Education Department building in Albany, NY, Photo: Matt Wade, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY education advocates seeking more school aid

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo has received no shortage of suggestions about the amount of school aid to include in his budget proposal. Among them is a $1.9 billion increase supported by more than 80 lawmakers.

The governor will release his 2014-15 budget proposal on Tuesday. His previous two budgets have increased spending by roughly 4 percent.

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School districts say those increases haven't been enough to offset reductions of previous years, leaving them with less funding now than in 2008-09. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli last week said 13 percent of school districts statewide are considered fiscally stressed.

The Board of Regents has recommended a $1.3 billion school aid increase for next year. A coalition of administrator and parent groups hopes for $1.5 billion.

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