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New York Lawmakers Hearing Testimony on Education Budget

New York Lawmakers Hearing Testimony on Education Budget
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Education officials, advocates calling for more funding.

The head of the New York state Department of Education is pushing for a $2 billion dollar increase in school aid that was proposed previously by the Board of Regents.

   Acting Education Commissioner Elizabeth Berlin focused on the need for the funding boost during her testimony Tuesday at a joint legislative budget hearing in Albany.

   Lawmakers are grilling her and other state education officials on such topics as state school aid, pre-kindergarten and student testing.

   Educators and advocates from New York City and across the state are testifying. Charter school operators are pressing for a greater role and public schools are arguing that they need more money to achieve their goals.

   Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed a $1.1 billion increase in education spending for the fiscal year that starts on April 1.