More than 80 state lawmakers have joined a long list of advocates urging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to include a big boost in spending among any education proposals he lays out in his combined budget and State of the State address.
A letter from the legislators delivered Tuesday seeks a $2.2 billion increase in education funding. The policymaking Board of Regents has recommended a $2 billion increase.
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Cuomo has been promising an aggressive education reform agenda as he begins his second term but has yet to reveal specifics. He is widely expected to seek changes to a teacher evaluation system that he believes passes too many teachers, and he has shown interest in adjusting or raising the cap on charter schools.
The joint addresses will occur Wednesday.