- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed a $1.1 billion increase in education spending for next year.

The amount represents a 4.8 percent increase over the $22 billion being spent in the state’s school districts this year.

During his combined state of the state and budget address in Albany Wednesday, Cuomo tied the increase to what he called an ambitious reform package that includes changing the teacher evaluation system and raising the cap on charter schools.

The policy-making Board of Regents had recommended a $2 billion increase in state aid for 2015-16.

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