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Senate GOP seeking to restore $1 billion in school aid

from Newsday

Senate Republicans said that restoring a type of school aid that was cut during the economic recession will be their "No. 1" school budget priority. That promise will pit suburban and rural school districts against urban districts for a limited amount of discretionary money in the 2015-16 fiscal year, lawmakers said. The Republicans are targeting what's known as the "Gap Elimination Adjustment," state government's term for the $2.6 billion reduction in education aid triggered by the 2008 stock market plunge. The cuts, enacted in 2010, hit schools in Nassau and Suffolk counties especially hard because of the Island's slightly greater-than-average wealth as compared with the rest of state. more


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