Catholic schools get boost in final budget

0

Lawmakers gave more money to schools in the state budget than what Gov. Andrew Cuomo had proposed — and not just to public schools.

Catholic, private and independent schools got a $13.5 million boost in the final budget agreement. In all, the schools will get about $137.3 million.

About $4.5 million of the funds are for school safety initiatives in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting in December. Those funds were not in the original budget.

“We are pleased and grateful that Governor Cuomo and the members of the state Legislature recognized the injustice of funding school safety measures for public schools as part of the recent NY SAFE Act, while including nothing in that measure or in the Executive Budget to help protect children in independent and religious schools, who are just as at risk,” Richard Barnes, executive director of the New York State Catholic Conference, said in a statement.

Photo: State Catholic Conference

Share.

About Author

Comments are closed.