Cuomo's education initiatives funded in state budget
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 2:54 pm

The tentative New York State budget includes additional state aid for schools, incentives for high-performing teachers and funding for pre-k and after-school programs, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

"This year’s budget agreement is good news for New York’s students," a release from the governor's office said.

"This year’s budget includes an increase of nearly $1 billion in education aid that continues to hold schools accountable for student achievement," the release said.

According to the most recent appropriations, St. Lawrence County will receive $9.85 more in school aid than in 2012-2013.

Non-building aid increased by $7.63 million.

For a breakdown of aid received by each school see earlier story here.

Education reforms, according to the release, include:

• Full day pre-k: Recognizing that quality early education is critical for long-term success and that children who attend full-day pre-k often outperform their peers, the budget provides funding for full-day pre-k targeted toward higher need students.

• Extended School Day and School Year Programs: The United States lags behind in terms of how much time is spent in the classroom. To ensure a globally competitive education system, New York’s budget supports extended learning time for students.

• Community Schools: The budget supports an innovative program designed to transform schools in distressed communities into community hubs that integrate social, health and other services, as well as after-school programming to provide much-needed support to students and their families.

• Reward High-Performing Teachers: To improve results and offer incentives for high-performance, the budget implements a program that will offer $15,000 in annual stipends for four years to the most effective teachers beginning with math and science teachers.

• Increased Standards for Teacher Certifications: To ensure the best and brightest are teaching our children, the State Education Department will increase the standards for teacher certification to require passage of a "bar exam” as well as longer, high-quality student-teaching experiences conducted in school settings.

• Early College High School Programs: To improve college access and success, the budget provides new state funding to expand Early College High School programs.