Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed legislation investing a record $25.8 billion in high-quality education across New York State. The new legislation boosts education aid by $1.1 billion, including a $700 million increase in Foundation Aid. The bold investment builds on the governor’s commitment to strengthening educational outcomes, including an increase in education aid of $6.2 billion, or 32 percent, over the last six years.
The governor also announced the second round of the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Program, which recognizes 60 teachers across New York who are successfully preparing a new generation of learners for the future. Winners will receive an award from the governor, the opportunity to advise education policy makers, and a stipend of $5,000. The funds can be used for continued learning and professional development.
The state budget makes historic investments at every level of the educational landscape in order to improve student success. Regionally, the 2018 budget increases school aid on Long Island by $129.0 million, including a $78.9 million increase in Foundation Aid.
Visit www.ny.gov/NYSTeachingExcellence for more information about the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Program.