Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to call for an increase in school aid of about 3.8 percent, a hike of about $800 million, in his budget address today.
The plan, however, does include the first installment of funding pre-kindergarten statewide, part of a $1.5 billion investment over five years, as well as funding for after-school programs. Cuomo is also expected to continue some funding for competitive grants and bonuses of $20,000 for teachers rated “highly effective” on their evaluations.
The current state budget includes a 4.9 percent increase in education aid. Cuomo and lawmakers have tied increases in education aid to personal income growth. School aid is projected to increase by $722 million next fiscal year, up 3.4 percent, the state’s mid-year budget update showed last fall.
The Daily News reported today that education aid would increase 3.1 percent, plus the money for pre-k, and the increase would be consistent with the increase in Medicaid—the two largest pieces of the $138 billion budget.
The increase comes as Cuomo plans to essentially cut taxes by $2 billion and propose a $2 billion bond act to fund education technology.
But the increase will also likely set off an battle over school aid with the Legislature—as it does every year.