Education groups contend that N.Y. owes districts $5.9 billion

Friday, August 8, 2014

New York has skipped out on $5.9 billion in school funding in recent years, leading to inequities in aid between rich and poor districts and causing cuts in programs, education groups contended in a report Thursday.

New York spends the most per capita in the nation on its schools, $19,076 per student, and pumps more than $22 billion a year into education, including a 5 percent increase in the current fiscal year.

But the labor-backed Alliance for Quality Education and other advocates said the state is still falling short. The groups charged that New York hasn't upheld a 2006 court order to increase aid to schools by $5.5 billion by 2011 and has also not repaid schools for cuts made during the recession.

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