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Future Of NY Schools, Teachers On Line In Budget

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N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (credit: Michael Nagle/Getty Images)

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – New York’s lawmakers will get their hands on the part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget most dear to many of them: school aid.

Tuesday’s budget hearing in Albany will set the course for some of the year’s most heated confrontations between the popular new governor and the Legislature.

Cuomo proposes a historic cut of 7.3 percent in school aid.

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Public school advocates say that will force thousands of teacher layoffs, larger classes and hurt students the most.
Lawmakers, led by Assembly Democrats, are listening.

A poll released Monday shows New Yorkers who support Cuomo’s hard-times budget least want to see any cuts in school aid.

Advocates note $1.2 billion being cut from school aid is equal to the school aid required under a court order to adequately fund education.

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