NY Lawmakers to Hold Hearing on Education Spending

usnews | February 05, 2019

NY Lawmakers to Hold Hearing on Education Spending
Spending on elementary and secondary education will be the focus of the next legislative budget hearing in Albany.Members of the Senate and Assembly are scheduled to gather Wednesday for the hearing, which will feature remarks from state education officials as well as from teacher unions and education advocacy organizations. Superintendents from Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Yonkers and Utica are also expected to submit testimony.Discussion will focus on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $175 billion budget proposal for the fiscal year beginning April 1. The Democratic governor wants to increase education aid by $956 million for a total of $27.7 billion, including another $338 million in Foundation Aid, the general operating funding for school districts.Another proposal in the budget would expand pre-kindergarten for 3- and 4-year-olds in high-need school districts.

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Education institutions, like all service organizations in the digital information era, must seek every means to enhance quality of service delivery and drive efficiency and cost-savings. In other words, the journey for the digital transformation in education should lead to a broader vision that enables constant innovation and enhancement of teaching and learning; it must also improve the operational efficiencies of administrative and management services for students, educators, and the community.Our observations of forward-thinking education institutions show that the right integration of pedagogy and technology with the strategic vision of the school or university is essential for the return on investment and continued success of digital initiatives.

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