- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The Republican majority in New York’s Senate says a top priority this year is eliminating annual cuts in state aid to public schools under the so-called gap elimination adjustment.

Senate Education Committee Chairman John Flanagan, joined by 20 colleagues Tuesday, says they have worked the past few years to reduce the impact of the adjustment enacted in 2010 to help close state budget deficits, negotiating an additional $602 million in state aid last year.

The Cuomo administration has proposed raising education funding in the coming year by $1.1 billion, while pushing for reforms that include more stringent teacher evaluations.

The Senate Republicans propose applying most of that increase toward eliminating the adjustment.

Flanagan says it was a campaign issue for many of his fellow GOP lawmakers last fall.

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