Senate Democrats voted in July to override Gov.
Jay Inslee’s veto of a $7 billion spending bill that would have reduced funding for public education by $6.2 billion over the next decade.
The bill, which passed with 60 votes in the Senate and 49 in the House, would have provided an additional $4.6 billion for schools over the two years after the funding cuts take effect.
But Republican Governor Andrew Cuomo vetoed the measure.
The Senate, which had already voted to override the governor’s veto, approved the measure in the middle of the night with 52 votes.
After Inslee said the bill was needed to address a shortage of teachers, Democratic lawmakers voted to make it even more restrictive by overriding the veto by Democratic Senator Mark Leno.
In an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, Leno said that the legislation would have “broken the school-teacher bond” and was a violation of the governor, who was elected in 2012.
Leno has said he supports the legislation and believes that if the legislation becomes law, teachers will no longer have the freedom to negotiate salary increases or pay raises for other positions.