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White Plains Schools Gets 12 Percent Hike In State Aid

White Plains schools got an 11 percent hike in school aid in the 2013-2014 budget.
White Plains schools got an 11 percent hike in school aid in the 2013-2014 budget. Photo Credit: File photo

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The 2013-2014 state budget assigns White Plains schools nearly 12 percent more in state aid than last year, amounting to $1,732,982 in additional funds.

The budget, passed by state legislators and signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday, allocates $14,820,904 for the White Plains School District. School aid totals $21.2 billion in the 2013-2014 budget. This is an increase of nearly $1 billion from last year.

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.

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