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Report: New York shortchanging schools

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- An education watchdog group says New York state is billions of dollars behind in funding its schools and that it's unfairly hurting students in poorer districts.

A report released Thursday by the Alliance for Quality Education says the state owes districts $4.9 billion in aid that it promised by 2011 to comply with an earlier court ruling.

AQE says districts are owed an additional $1 billion in Gap Elimination Adjustment funding.

That's money that the state has diverted from schools to help close budget deficits.

State education officials aren't commenting on the report.

Its authors recommend the state allocate the total $5.9 billion over the next four years and adjust funding formulas to prioritize poorer districts.

 
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