Assemblymember Jonathan Jacobson (D-Newburgh) praised the historic level of education funding included in New York State’s 2021-22 budget. Finalized this week, the budget will significantly expand educational opportunities for New Yorkers from early childhood on up.
“I am proud to have voted for this budget because this money means that our schools will not only be able to help every child who has been negatively impacted by a year of COVID, they will be able to institute new programs that will help all our kids find their path to a good life.
Locally, foundation aid for the Newburgh Enlarged City School District has increased by $12.47 million (10.75 percent) while Newburgh’s Universal Pre-K funding has been increased by $766,000 (15 percent).
“I am a strong believer in the importance of early childhood education. The earlier we get a child into the educational system, the better for that child’s outcomes later in life, so I am excited that we were able to deliver a $105 million increase to expand and improve pre-K slots statewide,” said Jacobson.