Albany New York State Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, Chair of the Education Committee, announced today that New York State will keep its promise to public schools and the students and parents they serve.
Total spending for schools statewide increased by $1.75 billion over 2007. This record increase brings the education budget to an unprecedented $21 billion for 2008-09. New York City public schools will receive $534 million more than they did in 2007, with a total of $8 billion in total funding for 2008-09.
We have kept the promise to education as required by the Campaign for Fiscal Equity decision. In the face of economic difficulties, this historic level of funding demonstrates our commitment to schools, our children and the future. I want to thank Assembly Speaker Silver and my colleagues in the Assembly who, together with Governor Paterson, worked tirelessly to make sure that our schools have the funds to education our children.
The legislature continued to pass the State budget in Albany today. More information is coming in and will be available on the Assembly web site soon.