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Regents backs $2B aid increase for schools

The Board of Regents on Monday backed a $2 billion increase in foundation for schools in New York, a move that is expected, but nevertheless unlikely given a yawning budget gap facing down state lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“The Board of Regents and I continue to make it our mission to ensure equity and excellence in education for all children, and our priorities and proposals build upon this work to further these critical efforts,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa said.

“These funds would provide school districts with the resources they need while laying the foundation to best support our youngest children, bolstering educator diversity and recruitment and providing tools to make sure that our schools are positive and culturally-responsive learning environments.”

The $2 billion figure is a long-sought goal for education advocates and the New York State United Teachers union, which praised the budget proposal made by the regents, the chief policy-making body of the State Education Department.

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