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Budget agreement to boost aid to schools locally

All schools in Monroe County, including the Rochester City School District, are slated to gain their largest funding increase in over a decade as part of the final 2016-2017 state budget agreement, lawmakers said Friday.

Monroe County school districts will receive $1.141 billion in state aid, an $86.7 million increase, or 8.2 percent, in aid over last year.
 
The city district is to receive $580 million, a $39 million increase–7.2 percent–over the previous year.
 
The final budget eliminates the outstanding Gap Elimination Adjustment for Monroe County Schools and restores $20.5 million in aid, which could prevent layoffs and program cuts, officials said.

City schools also are slated to receive $7.6 million as part of $100 million allocated for the conversion of persistently struggling schools into community schools. These schools will be equipped to provide services to students and their parents, including mentoring, health care, summer programs and job training, officials said.

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