Extra aid in Cuomo's proposed 2013 budget won't help all LI schools
WOODBURY - One of the highlights in the budget plan unveiled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo yesterday was a big boost in state school aid, but not every district on Long Island would benefit.
Cuomo's budget calls for an overall increase of nearly 4.5 percent in school aid, but the formula that would come with it would see that some schools would get more of the extra funds than others.
Many districts on Long Island are hurting now because of the 2 percent tax cap that Cuomo implemented last year. The governor also slashed the so-called high tax aid, which sends money back to highly taxed districts, particularly important for Long Island districts.
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Some district superintendents are already crunching the numbers to see how their schools would fare, but it's still early in the budget process. State lawmakers have until April 1 to finalize the budget.