Future of NY Schools, Teachers on Line in Budget

February 15, 2011  |  

(AP) — New York’s lawmakers will get their hands on the part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget most dear to many of them: School aid.  Tuesday’s budget hearing in Albany will set the course for some of the year’s most heated confrontations between the popular new governor and the Legislature.  Cuomo proposes a historic cut of 7.3 percent in school aid.  Public school advocates say that will force thousands of teacher layoffs, larger classes and hurt students the most.  Lawmakers, led by Assembly Democrats, are listening.  A poll released Monday shows New Yorkers who support Cuomo’s hard-times budget least want to see any cuts in school aid.

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