Educators from the Onondaga, Cortland, and Madison districts met with state legislators Saturday morning to discuss their issues with Governor Cuomo's proposed budget.
Although Cuomo increased Education Aid by $1 billion, it still remains $1.2 billion less than what education policymakers requested.
School leaders are also calling for a change in the outdated Foundation Aid Formula, which is used to distribute money equally to the districts.
One Superintendent says schools need more funding because of escalating costs, new programs, and the growing student population.
"Childhood is a very short period of time as well as adolescence, but it prepares them for a lifetime," said Donna DeSiato the East Syracuse Minoa Central School District superintendent. "We really need to look at what that means in 2019-20 and going forward, and how to really move this in a way that benefits all of our children and their success."
Lawmakers say they will push for these changes in Albany ahead of the budget deadline on March 31.