The Independent Democratic Conference renegade Democrats added a bill to the NYS budget agreement that will make it harder for members to leave public sector unions. This piece of legislation is a preemptive strike against the US Supreme Court's likely decision in the Janus case where five Justices will more than likely make union dues optional in the public sector later this spring.
From Politico NY on the budget areement:
You guys who want out of the UFT might get out but may have a difficult time creating a mass exodus.
As for education funding in the state budget:
The budget would provide an additional $995 million of aid to schools, including $618 million in foundation aid and $240 million in expense-based aids. The total increase includes $50 million in competitive grants and $81 million for charter schools.
My understanding is charter schools are getting a bigger percentage increase from the state as compared to public schools. Cynthia Nixon who is challenging Governor Cuomo in the Democratic Primary pounced on education funding in her reaction to the budget.