Assembly’s Education Budget Invests Billions More Than Governor’s Proposal
Provides necessary resources for smaller class sizes, universal pre-K
March 13, 2006
Assemblymen Michael Cusick (D- Mid Island) and John W. Lavelle (D-North Shore) announced that the Assembly has unveiled its 2006-2007 education budget. Unlike the governor’s proposal, this plan provides the resources needed to give New York City’s schoolchildren a quality education. New York City schools will receive $654 million more than last year, and $288 million on top of what the governor had planned to give. And by providing necessary capital to modernize school facilities in New York City, the Assembly’s budget works to enhance the proven-successful universal pre-K program, create smaller class sizes, and most importantly, places teaching our children at the highest priority. “We have a moral and constitutional obligation to provide our children with a sound, basic education– something the governor and Senate have failed to do,” Lavelle said. “For too long, they have resisted the Campaign for Fiscal Equity’s 12 year-old lawsuit, which resulted in the Court of Appeals ordering more financial support for New York City schools.” The Assembly’s budget invests $846.5 million in new funding to help satisfy the requirements of the ruling, more than half of which will go to New York City schools, including
- an initial down payment of $200.5 million in Foundation Operating Aid;
- an increase of $50 million for universal pre-kindergarten programs,
- an additional $13.4 million to aid students with limited English proficiency; and,
- $225.8 million in Sound Basic Education Aid.