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New York State Education Department building in Albany, NY. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:NYSED_Building_Night_2.JPG">Matt Wade</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
New York State Education Department building in Albany, NY. Photo: Matt Wade, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY groups eye lawsuit over school funding

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Two education advocacy groups say they're gathering evidence from school districts across New York with an eye toward suing the state over school funding.

The Alliance for Quality Education and Campaign for Fiscal Equity say they'll spend all next week visiting schools. They begin Monday with stops at the Cohoes and Hoosick Falls districts near Albany.

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Organizers say the state is falling short of its obligation to provide students with a sound basic education and has broken a funding promise that came out of a 2006 court ruling.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed spending $807 million more on schools in the next school year. That includes a $682 million increase in general school aid, while the rest is earmarked for pre-kindergarten, teacher merit pay and an expansion of technical programming.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

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