Examples include a $75.6 million increase in aid to Monroe County Schools, which includes a $39.9 million increase for the Rochester City School District, $6.1 million for full-day pre-k and $50 million for childcare providers statewide over the next two years.
“Money matters big time,” Citizen Action of New York Co-Executive Director Rosemary Rivera said. “Is it the only issue? Absolutely not, but we needed to take that excuse away that we just didn’t have enough resources to reimagine education because education doesn’t just happen within those four walls. It happens throughout this community.”
Advocates say state and local leaders should make sure that the community is included in decision-making around these funds and spending oversight.