Regents Seek $2.1B Increase in Funding For NY Schools

ALBANY (AP) -

Coming off a year which gave public schools their largest amount of funding ever, New York education officials are proposing an additional $2.1 billion increase for the state’s schools next year.

The Board of Regents Tuesday approved a budget request of $1.8 billion more in foundation aid. That’s money distributed under a formula that factors in a district’s need.

The rest of the increase would go for expanding universal pre-K, helping English language learners, increasing career and technical education and professional development.

Also Tuesday, the state Education Department awarded $10 million to the state’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative which works to improve the lives of young men of color.