- Associated Press - Monday, March 23, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A group of clergy and lay people from around New York is writing to state leaders asking them to reject Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s education proposals and approve a sizeable increase in spending on public education.

The letter to Cuomo and top lawmakers has more than 1,100 signatures. It criticizes the Democratic governor’s proposals to change teacher evaluations and tenure rules - reforms which Cuomo says are needed to improve public education.

The group wants the state to increase school spending by $2.2 billion. Cuomo has proposed a $1.1 billion increase if his reforms are approved.

A different group of religious leaders gathered at the Capitol earlier this month to support Cuomo’s proposals.

The governor and lawmakers are now negotiating the state budget ahead of the April 1 deadline.


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