ALBANY, NY (WNY News Now) – New York Governor Kathy Hochul is promising a record amount of funds aimed at school aid in the 2023 budget.
Last year, the newly in office governor broke initial records when she allocated $31 billion dollars in school aid.
This year however, she is going bigger, vying for $34.5 billion in the 2023 State Budget. The highest level of New York State Aid in history.
Changes include a $150 million dollar increase in prekindergarten. $134 million dollars in free school meals. And educational opportunities for charter schools.
In addition, SUNY and CUNY schools will get enough funding to support transformational and strategic needs.
“Last year, as a brand-new Governor, we broke all records with $31 billion dollars in school aid, the most ever” explained Governor Hochul. “And I said, well, how do you beat last year’s record? You go even bigger. So, this year, we’re on track to have $34.5 billion dollars, the largest investment in schools in our state history. And that is a $2.5 billion dollar increase in Foundation Aid.”
In her announcement, Governor Hochul was joined by a group of students participating in a STEAM-focused after school program.