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Legislature would boost school aid over Cuomo’s budget (Updates)

ALBANY - The Assembly’s Democratic majority and the Senate's Republican majority on Monday proposed big increases in school aid over Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposed budget.

The Assembly proposed $830 million more school aid than Cuomo did in January. Under the Assembly’s proposal, school aid would increase a total of $1.8 billion to $23.95 billion. Much of that would be aimed at the schools in low-income areas.

Senate Republicans proposed a $1.9 billion total increase.

The Assembly Democrats also rejected Cuomo's policy proposals such as changing teacher evaluations to depend more on student performance in standardized tests.

“We must help our children to succeed, not punish them because they may live in poorer communities or deny their schools the funding they need to improve the learning environment,” said Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx), who is negotiating his first budget.

This, however, is the just the beginning of the final phase of budget negotiations. The Senate's Republican majority is expected to release its full budget proposal as early as Tuesday.

The budget is due by April 1.

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