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Educators and students from The Binghamton City School District and Whitney Point count among the thousands who headed to Albany January 14 to push for more money from New York State for schools.

Education advocates say a $1.9 billion increase in state school aid will help districts around the state to equally provide a quality of education for students.

Binghamton City Councilwoman Lea Webb says there is a decline in education quality and teaching staff size as a result in a reduction in funding through taxes and state aid coming into districts and a lot of programs have been impacted.

Meanwhile, Governor Andrew Cuomo's commission exploring education reform has released its final report.

The commission is calling for an expansion of full-day Kindergarten, rewards for top teachers and upgrading technology in the classroom.

Officials in Cuomo's office say the governor is embracing many of the recommendations.