The reality: Money is desperately needed to provide what all kids need. Half of the state's school districts today are getting less state aid than in 2008. The Comptroller's Office reports that 90 school districts - more than 13 percent of districts statewide - are designated as "fiscally stressed" (January 2015) The governor's claim that the state has "the highest per pupil spending in the nation" is also false. Education Week reports that New York is in fact fourth when adjusted for regional costs. Meanwhile, the governor's cherry-picked statistics also ignore the reality that New York state excels in multiple measures of educational achievement and progress, including a steadily improving graduation rate.