Board of Regents asks for more education funding in NY

12.17.13 | Bob Price

The New York state Board of Regents is recommended a 6 percent increase in state education  funding next year. The regents board says the 1-point-3 billion dollar increase is needed for struggling districts and pre-kindergarten programs. Schools have received a 4 percent annual increase in state aid since 2012 after years of flat or declining funding.  Governor Cuomo will release his budget proposal on Jan. 21st. Lawmakers will have until March 31st to adopt the roughly 135 billion dollar spending plan. The request for additional aid comes as the state Education Department is implementing new teacher evaluations and tougher standardized tests, called the Common Core.