NYS budget calls for more education state aid

By Perry Russom

March 29, 2014 Updated Mar 29, 2014 at 5:44 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) New York is inching closer to passing the state budget.

The budget is now in writing and will be live on the floor in Albany on Monday. If passed before 11:59 p.m. on Monday, it will be the fourth consecutive on-time budget.

One of the highly debated topics taking center stage in the budget is education.

The budget calls for a 5.3 percent increase in education aid in the next school year.

You can expect to see changes to the common core including getting rid of bubble tests for students starting in Pre-Kindergarten.

Also, tests in English and Math for students between 3rd and 8th grade students won't appear on their permanent records...

"We were able to freeze thatPut a strict moratorium on that and we think that will be very helpful as we try to address the inadequacies of common core overall," said State Senator Tom Libous (R-23rd).

The budget also calls for $1.5 billion for statewide phase in of full-day Pre-K.

Local state representatives will head back to Albany tomorrow where conferences will start between the political parties.

Action News will have continuing coverage of the budget as it is made available.