NEW YORK (CBS 2) — New York’s governor-elect was already sharpening his budget ax Tuesday and cuts in school spending could be first on his list.

Andrew Cuomo was in Puerto Rico for a conference of legislators, his first public appearance since the election. He said New York leads the nation in education spending, but that it hasn’t paid off.

“How do you have the highest education spending in the state of New York and you’re number 40 in terms of performance? That means it’s not about the money because you’re spending more than anyone else but you’re not getting the performance,” he said.

The United Federation of Teachers quickly criticized Cuomo, saying “New York ranks 46th out of 50 states in how fairly schools funds are distributed. That’s a problem that has to be addressed if we are going to be fair to kids.”

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