Joe Robach and the entire New York State Legislature ended the 2012-2013 Legislative session this week.   All around this was a very productive session which resulted in tremendous bi-partisan collaboration. 

The budget, enacted by Joe Robach and the New York State Legislature, included a total of $20.4 billion in aid to education, including an increase in school aid of $805 million – a four percent increase.  Much of the increase is targeted for high needs school districts. Some other education highlights included:

  • The budget achieved regional balance in school aid and ensures that every region of the state is treated fairly and equitably. 
  • For higher education, $27.8 million was included for three SUNY teaching hospitals.
  • Aid to community colleges was increased by $150 per full-time equivalent student for a total of $9.1 million additional funding for CUNY community colleges and $22.1 million for SUNY community colleges.
  • Joe Robach and the Senate successfully fought to include increased support of $7 million in education aid to fund mandates at nonpublic schools.
  • Libraries received an additional $3.6 million in state aid.
  • Legislation to require kindergarten in the Rochester City School District was also passed by both houses (sponsored by Joe Robach).

For more information about educational initiatives passed this Legislative Session, please contact Joe Robach’s office.