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NYSSBA's Schneider On Cuomo's Budget Plan, The Biden Administration, And COVID-19

Classroom in the new HAAS building.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas
Classroom in the new HAAS building.

On Tuesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released his budget plan. Actually, two budget plans — one built on billions of dollars in long-sought federal aid, and one that plans for cuts if the aid doesn’t come through. A day later, President Joe Biden took the oath of office. Watching the week’s developments closely was Robert Schneider, Executive Director of the New York State School Boards Association. He spoke with WAMC’s Ian Pickus about how districts are planning without knowing where the state budget due April 1 will wind up.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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