- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York education officials are proposing a $2.1 billion increase in funding for the state’s schools next year.

The Board of Regents Tuesday approved a budget request of $1.8 billion more in foundation aid. That’s money distributed under a formula that factors in a district’s need.

The rest of the increase would go toward four priority areas: expanding universal prekindergarten, supporting programs for English language learners, increasing career and technical education and investing in professional development.

Also Tuesday, the state Education Department awarded $10 million in grants under the state’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. The grants will go to 56 organizations to improve the lives of young men of color.

Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa says the grants are aimed at diversifying the state’s teaching corps and developing cradle-to-college strategies.

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