Andrew Cuomo in the classroom

A few big issues have dominated the discussion in the state Capitol so far this year. A $15 per hour minimum wage. Twelve weeks of paid family leave. Various proposals to clean up Albany.

But just as important is an issue that is hotly debated year after year: education.

While the clash over the state’s Common Core standards has receded, one of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top priorities this year is a $100 million fund for community schools, the latest step in his effort to turn around failing schools.

And in the perennial battle over school aid, some experts and officials are hoping this year could be a turning point in restoring long-promised funding.

In this special section on education, City & State also provides updates on mayoral control, charter schools, pre-K and other policy issues.

Want to learn more? Read on.

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