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School officials worry Governor's competitive fund plan could leave poorer districts ignored

By EMMA WRIGHT

HERKIMER, N.Y. (WKTV) - On Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo gave his State of the State address, including outlining his plan to improve New York's schools.

The Governor is proposing establishing two competitive funds - a half-billion dollars in performance based aide. $250 million will reward school performance and $250 million will award district efficiency.

Governor Cuomo says it has been proven that competition for education funding increases student performance.

Herkimer BOCES Superintendent Mark Vivacqua says his districts, like a lot of others in Central New York, will largely be ignored under Governor Cuomo's plan.

"Equity. Simple," Vivacqua said. "If there are going to be cuts, it needs to be done so the poorest schools don't lose more money than the wealthiest schools."

Governor Cuomo will unveil his proposed budget on February 1.

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