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  • Hochul proposes more than $800 million funding increase for NY schools, 4-year extension of mayoral control

    Jan 16, 2024

    Gov. Kathy Hochul arrives for a press conference signing legislation creating a commission for the study of reparations in New York on Dec. 19, 2023. On Tuesday, Hochul unveiled her budget proposals, including her support for mayoral control in NYC.
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    Chalkbeat – Gov. Kathy Hochul has proposed a more than $800 million increase in funding for the state’s public schools, while also calling for a four-year extension of New York City’s polarizing mayoral control system.

    Kim Sweet, executive director of Advocates for Children of New York, urged the state to commit further funding to support school districts that have relied on those funds to prop up essential programs.

    “New York City alone is spending around $1 billion per year in expiring federal funding to pay for 450 school social workers, 3-K expansion, legally mandated preschool special education programs, 75 shelter-based community coordinators, community schools, 60 psychologists, bilingual programming, literacy initiatives, and more,” she said in a statement. “While we appreciate that the Governor is proposing to increase overall education funding, this moment in time demands more.”