The State Board of Regents is again calling for an increase in foundation aid, which is the money school districts get based on need. The exact allocations are determined by a specific formula, and in recent years there has been a lot of debate about whether that formula needs an update as district needs and demographics change.
The State Education Department points to things like the increased number of English language learners and changing federal standards in its call for an additional $2.1 billion in education spending next year. That total includes more foundation aid plus funding for things like career and technical training and universal Pre-K.
Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia talks more about the financial and legislative priorities for next year