NYS budget allocates $90M for LI schools

Schools across Long Island are slated to receive nearly $90 million in state aid as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (D-N.Y.) latest budget, but some

PORT JEFFERSON STATION - Schools across Long Island are slated to receive nearly $90 million in state aid as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (D-N.Y.) latest budget, but some districts say the influx may not be enough to avoid cuts. The $132 billion budget, approved by lawmakers earlier today, will send approximately $29 million to Nassau County schools, and another $60 million to those in Suffolk. State officials say the amount allocated to each district varies across the Island. Comsewogue School Superintendent Joseph Rella says 30 teaching jobs are currently on the chopping block, and that the district's $200,000 in state aid may only retain three teachers. The cuts come after three consecutive years of the state slashing or freezing school aid. Officials with the Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association say the additional money is appreciated, but that aid across the region is still drastically down from the past.

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