FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement from Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa and State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia on Executive Budget Proposal
“We are continuing to review the details of the Executive Budget proposal. Preliminarily, we are pleased the Governor recommends funding many of the important initiatives he announced in his State of the State address – initiatives like expanding the reach of PreK and afterschool programs. We are, however, concerned with the recommended increase of $769 million in State Aid funding, which is less than half of that proposed by the Board of Regents. We need to invest in the education of all New York State students. The Regents State Aid request would ensure schools continue to improve and better prepare our children while also acknowledging the State’s fiscal realities.
“The Executive’s proposal is a step in the process for developing the final budget by April 1. We will continue to engage in discussions with the State Assembly and Senate to ensure State Aid funding will meet the needs of every student throughout our State, particularly those in schools with the greatest needs.”
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