The Educational Conference Board (ECB), a coalition of major state education organizations that includes New York State United Teachers, New York State Council of School Superintendents, the state School Boards Association and the School Administrators Association of New York State, is seeking a $2 billion increase in education aid in the fiscal year 2018-19 budget.

The group’s budget recommendations include a $1.5 billion increase in state aid to maintain current services, and an additional $500 million in funding for struggling schools, professional development, English language Learners and strengthening college and career pathways.

ECB Chair John Yagielski said:

“We recognize warnings about the state’s fiscal challenges and acknowledge the level of uncertainty going into next year, especially due to developments at the federal level. However, state policymakers need to know what level of funding is needed to maintain current educational programs and services in our public schools and to foster student success.”