The 2016-17 state budget will provide a record increase in funding for local school districts.

The new spending plan includes an increase of nearly $1.5 billion in aid for schools, with about 627-million in Foundation Aid to benefit the most financially troubled districts.

The Utica School District will see an increase in funding of nearly $8 million dollars over last year, while the Rome School District will see an increase of about $2 million..

The Whitesboro and New Hartford School Districts will see increases of $1.5 million and $1.1 million respectively.

Senator Joseph Griffo says the boost in funding will help ensure that schools in the

Mohawk Valley have the resources and staffing to provide the best education possible.

The budget contains a record $24.8 billion in educational aid.