ALBANY, N.Y. – Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke extensively about education during his 2014-15 budget address Tuesday piquing the interest of local lawmakers.
"The thing I liked most was after-school funding," Assemblymember Patricia Fahy said.
Fahy said she is fully in-line with Cuomo who announced a five-year plan to fund after-school programs for $2.2 billion.
Cuomo also announced a proposed increase of more than three percent in school funding for grades kindergarten to 12.
"Obviously from the assembly perspective, we were looking at a much higher increase in education funding," Assemblyman John McDonald said. "At the same token, there are some stakes put in the ground about universal Pre-K and after-school programs which are important and we believe in them."
But Senator Kathy Marchione said the real goals need to be trying to fill that gap elimination rather than focusing on new programs.
"They're telling me they're going bankrupt," she said. "They cannot continue to move on and adding universal Pre-K. Some of my schools don't even have full-day kindergarten."
Cuomo also addressed the controversial Common Core curriculum. He mentioned setting up a panel in order to take a hard look at implementing the new standards.
"I'm glad we're taking some steps back," Marchione said. "I'm glad he's looking at some of the testing."
Cuomo also stated that the 2014-15 budget is one of the largest investments New York State has made in education.