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NY leaders discuss education in budget talks

March 26, 2014
Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York legislative leaders say they're discussing pre-kindergarten funding, Common Core academic standards and charter schools as they try to reach a budget deal this week.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver tells reporters Wednesday morning there are no final deals on anything, but they'll have a budget in place by the Monday deadline.

Senate co-leader Jeff Klein, a Democrat, says they're moving toward a $300 million funding target for pre-kindergarten in New York City. Republican Senate co-leader Dean Skelos says they are also trying to make sure Long Island and upstate school districts are treated fairly.

The leaders are also talking about ways to help charter schools and a delay or make other changes to the Common Core learning standards, which have had a shaky rollout in New York.



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