Education is focus of first NY budget hearing

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Elementary and secondary education is the subject of the first joint legislative budget hearing.

Education officials and representatives of school organizations from across the state will address the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees at 10 a.m. in the Legislative Office Building near the Capitol.

It’s the first of 13 hearings on the $132.5 billion budget proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week. Cuomo’s overall budget proposal would increase state spending by 2 percent – much of it involving 4-percent spending hikes for school aid and Medicaid agreed to last year with legislative leaders.

Cuomo’s proposal would withhold increases in state aid to school districts that fail to enact tougher evaluations for teachers and principals.

Hearings can be viewed live on the Senate and Assembly websites: http://www.nysenate.gov/live-today

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