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Buffalo schools ask Legislature to increase Cuomo aid proposal

The Buffalo school district is asking the state for a 3.8 percent hike in basic foundation aid for next year.

That's $19.4 million more than Buffalo received this school year, and about $11.5 million more than  Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo proposed in his 2018-19 budget.

Superintendent Kriner Cash made the request Wednesday during joint State Legislature budget hearings in Albany, where he was joined by other superintendents from the Big 5 districts. Cash said the funding will continue to support the district's reform agenda, dubbed "The New Education Bargain."

"We think that’s reasonable," Cash said of a 3.8 percent increase. "We need a consistent reliable funding stream to keep up the good work going on in Buffalo."

The district faces a $27.2 million deficit as it begins its budget process for next year.


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