State Education Commissioner John King testified before members of the Assembly and Senate Tuesday morning, asking for additional funds for specific education initiatives next year.
According to King’s presentation, the state Board of Regents proposes a 3.5 percent, or $709 million, increase from last year, up from Cuomo’s 3 percent, or $611 million, proposal.
Included in the request is an ask of $9 million for making overdue payments to officers who conduct tenured-teacher hearings.
The board asks for $2.5 million for improving testing, including $1.5 million to develop new English language arts tests for ninth and 10th graders, $500,000 to pilot computer-based testing and $500,000 to enhance test integrity through data forensics.
The board requested another $2 million to expand New York’s Higher Education Opportunity Program, which helps 4,600 underprivileged or underrepresented students annually go to college. Students in these programs have a 58 percent graduation rate, compared with a 12 percent rate for low-income students nationally, according to the presentation.
The board is also asking the Legislature to allocate $2 million to provide adult basic education to undocumented young people who need it to obtain U.S. work authorization.
View King’s budget presentation here: