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From lawmakers' desks to yours: State education budget bill

If you’re looking for some reading material to take you through spring break, look no further than the budget bills that landed on legislators’ desks today in Albany.

The education bill alone takes up 227 pages. (It’s embedded below.) The highlights are the latest changes to the state’s teacher evaluation rules, which are designed to get New York City and another three straggling districts to adopt new evaluations that meet the state’s requirements, as 687 other districts already have done.

A press release out from Cuomo’s office today trumpeted the proposed evaluation law changes, which we reported about last week, and expressed confidence that the new tweaks will accomplish what previous revisions of the state’s evaluation law have not. “Today’s law will ensure one hundred percent compliance,” the press release says.

The complete budget bill is below the jump. Lawmakers will vote on it later this week as part of a package of bills that together spell out how the state will spend its money in the next year.

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