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As budget talks intensify, Assemblyman Dean Murray (R,C,I-East Patchogue), Ranking Republican Member of the Assembly’s Education Committee, is bringing a host of salient issues to the forefront.

Murray’s education priorities include:

  • Targeted school aid increases for low-wealth, high-need school districts;
  • Increased support for our special needs schools;
  • Full restoration of Library Aid, which Gov. Cuomo proposed to cut;
  • Increased emphasis on career-ready education and training in high schools;
  • Creating a temporary commission on school safety and security;
  • Pursuing legislation to allow stop-arm camera system on school buses;
  • Allowing school districts to put together budgets without requiring approval from the Department of the Budget; and
  • Funding of Expense-Based Aid.

“I have a multi-pronged approach to education this year that includes funding many important programs and safety measures that are desperately needed around the state,” Murray said. “Allowing cameras on the stop-arm of school buses to automatically record vehicles who
pass school buses that are stopped, is a no-brainer to catch those who endanger our children’s lives yet funding was left out of the budget by the Assembly Democrats.

The state budget is due April 1.

“Full restoration of one of our community’s most precious assets, our libraries, is also paramount, along with supporting our most needy school districts,” Murray continued. “I will continue fighting for funding of these issues as we come down the home stretch of budget