NY Lawmakers to Hold Hearing on Education Spending

usnews | February 05, 2019

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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Many educational experts recognize that collaboration is a critical skill for students’ current and future success. Yet, collaboration isn’t necessarily a natural skill. Students need to learn how to work with others. And they need the tools, opportunities and space to collaborate. Here’s what THE Journal learned when it asked educators about instilling collaboration into their classroom practices.Download this infographic from Dell and Intel® to learn more.

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Many educational experts recognize that collaboration is a critical skill for students’ current and future success. Yet, collaboration isn’t necessarily a natural skill. Students need to learn how to work with others. And they need the tools, opportunities and space to collaborate. Here’s what THE Journal learned when it asked educators about instilling collaboration into their classroom practices.Download this infographic from Dell and Intel® to learn more.

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