- Associated Press - Saturday, March 29, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The state budget for the fiscal year that starts Tuesday contains an estimated 5 percent increase in state funding for public schools, including $340 million for universal pre-kindergarten.

The pre-K funding has $300 million for the New York City and $40 million for the rest of the state.

Cuomo administration officials say the budget calls for $1.5 billion for pre-K over five years while increasing support this year for charter schools.

The deal would authorize putting a $2 billion bond act before voters in November, borrowing that would fund classroom computers and technology as well as building pre-K classrooms.

Concerning the Common Core curriculum, new standards in English and math, the legislation would keep related test scores off the transcripts of students in third through eighth grades through 2018.