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Blind Brook Schools Get Less State Aid Than Last Year

Blind Brook schools will see a $13,825 decrease in state aid in next year's budget.
Blind Brook schools will see a $13,825 decrease in state aid in next year's budget. Photo Credit: File Photo

RYE BROOK, N.Y. --  New York's 2013-14 state budget gives Blind Brook schools $13,825 less in state funding than last year.

The budget, which legislators passed and Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed last Thursday, allocates $$2,328,729 in state aid to the Blind Brook school district. This is a 0.6 percent decrease from last year, when the district received $2,342,554 in state aid. Blind Brook is one of three school districts in Westchester County to see a decrease in state funding.

These figures do not account for other education aid yet to be distributed, including $75 million in funding for new state initiatives . They include grants for extended learning time and funding to make pre-kindergarten full-time. Cuomo said the state would leave the decision of whether to extend pre-kindergarten to full-time to individual school districts, but would incentivize them to increase the time students spend in school by covering 100 percent of the cost of any additional school time.

Funding that has not yet been distributed makes up 37 percent of the year-to-year increase in education aid. School aid totals $21.2 billion in the 2013-14 budget. This is an increase of nearly $1 billion from last year.

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