Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee joined 82 other state legislators signing a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo calling for him to increase educational funding when he reveals his proposed state budget 2 p.m. Tuesday in Albany.
According to the letter, New York's schools need $1.9 billion in increased aid to recover from previous cuts and to provide the necessary resources going forward. Catherine Nolan and Karim Camara of the Assembly and Senator Kevin Parker wrote the letter, with 80 other legislators signing on.
“I am committed to seeking a significant increase in funding for education," Jaffee said. "In addition we must strengthen universal pre-K, especially in areas of high need. Public schools are struggling financially; parents have been extremely vocal about cuts to programs and staff. Our economy has improved. At a time when the Governor has prioritized job creation, it makes good financial sense to increase our investment in education.
"It is essential that we begin the process of providing our schools with adequate funding to prepare students for careers in a competitive global economy. Our children’s future and the economic future of New York State depend on it.”