All but two of 24 New York school systems whose budget proposals failed last month won approval in a second round of voting, results released Wednesday showed.

The Stillwater Central School District, Elmont Union Free School District on Long Island and Highland Central School District offered revised budgets that still exceeded the state's new property tax cap but not by as much, hoping to preserve programs.

The rural 365-student Oppenheim-Ephratah and Cheektowaga-Sloan school districts were the two districts where voters rejected budget proposals, and district leaders Wednesday were looking for ways to fill gaps.

The cap generally restricts districts from increasing their property tax levy by more than 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is less. -- AP

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