2015-2016 Budget Officially Approved

Governor Cuomo released the amounts for aid provided to New York school districts on Tuesday, after the 2015-2016 budget was agreed on. Prior to a decision on the budget Cuomo refused to release the numbers, stating that he didn’t want it to be connected to his plans of education reform. The $142 billion budget marks the fifth consecutive on time budget and was approved by lawmakers late Tuesday night, remaining under the 2% tax cap. Most school districts in Rockland County saw increases in aid, ranging from 2% for Pearl River to 9% for East Ramapo. The only district that saw a decrease in funding was South Orangetown with -.05%. The budget also includes $1.5 billion for upstate revitalization and an ethics package, as well as various other investments into infrastructure, state colleges and universities, and education reform. According to Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski lawmakers and the governor compromised on his tough teacher evaluation proposals, changing the required five years of a highly effective rating to three out of four highly effective, and one developing. They also agreed to use evaluations more than testing to determine a teacher’s standing.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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