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Education groups hope to sue New York State over school funding

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STATEWIDE -- Two education advocacy groups are gathering evidence from school districts across the state in an effort to sue New York State over school funding.

The Alliance for Quality Education and the Campaign for Fiscal Equity were at the Cohoes School District and the Hoosick Falls School District on Monday. According to organizers, the state is falling short of its obligation to provide students with a sound, basic education. They believe lawmakers have broken their promise that was a result of a 2006 court ruling.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed an $800 million increase in education aid for the next school year. It includes more than $600 million for an increase in general school aid, while the rest is set aside for pre-kindergarten, teacher merit pay, and a technical programming expansion.

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