Governor Proposed Increase in Education Aid

January 22, 2014 Updated Jan 22, 2014 at 7:26 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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Governor Proposed Increase in Education Aid

January 22, 2014 Updated Jan 22, 2014 at 7:26 AM EDT

BUFFALO (WKBW) Governor Andrew Cuomo is not being shy with the state's checkbook when it comes to education spending, and an increase in state aid could help local districts in need.

Across the state, the Governor's proposed budget calls for an $807 million dollar increase in school aid, about $300 per student. It also incudes $1.5 billion dollars over 5 years for full day pre-k programs, $720 million for after school programs, and $2 billion for technology in schools.

Specifically here in Western New York, Buffalo Public Schools will receive about $10 million dollars in additional state aid in the new budget. That is a total of $660 million, up from $650 million last year.

But the Governor's budget should also help several other local districts who are in desperate need of increased aid.

A report released last week from the state comptroller show several districts under significant or moderate fiscal stress. These districts have been forced to spend their surpluses, and superintendents say simply hope for more money from the state to avoid cutting programs or teachers.

In the governor's new budget, all but two of those districts will see an increase in funding.

To see how your district made out, there is a searchable database based on district at https://stateaid.nysed.gov/output_reports.htm