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King pushes for more school aid

Effort targets high-need districts, pre-K

State Education Commissioner John King Jr. testifies during a joint legislative budget hearing on education on Jan. 28, 2014, in Albany. King said he would advocate for a $1.3 billion increase in education aid to help schools that lawmakers portrayed as increasingly stressed by aid cutbacks and educational mandates.
State Education Commissioner John King Jr. testifies during a joint legislative budget hearing on education on Jan. 28, 2014, in Albany. King said he would advocate for a $1.3 billion increase in education aid to help schools that lawmakers portrayed as increasingly stressed by aid cutbacks and educational mandates.
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State Education Commissioner John King said school aid for high-need districts is a priority, and full-day pre-kindergarten cannot be established statewide without adequate funding. King said half-day pre-K programs currently cost the state nearly $400 million a year, and full-day pre-K is projected to cost as much as $1.6 billion annually. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed $1.5 billion over the next five years in his 2014-15 budget plan. “The challenge over the next few weeks ...

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