As Gov. Andrew Cuomo seeks greater control over education policy in the state, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said on Tuesday he was opposed to altering how the Board of Regents is appointed to lead the state Department of Education.

“It’s not a matter of the power,” Silver told reporters this afternoon. “They’re elected by the people who are elected by the people of this state. It is something that has existed in this state for a very long time and it sent the message of taking the politics out of education.”

He added, “I don’t see any reason for changing it.”

A top aide to Cuomo last month hinted at a push for greater say over how the Regents are appointed in a letter to Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch.

Under the current process, the Democratic-led Assembly virtually controls the appointments at the board due to its members being elected by a combined vote of the full Legislature.

Senate Republicans in recent years have sought to change that system by requiring approval from both houses in separate votes.

The Regents votes are key, considering the board appoints the state education commissioner, a post that was vacated at the end of the year by John King.

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, a Long Island Republican, said in an interview on Monday he would support greater gubernatorial control over education “were appropriate” as well as more influence over its members by his chamber.

Cuomo is expected to call for greater teacher accountability this month in his combined State of the State and budget address on Jan. 21, including an overhaul of how teachers and schools are rated.

Now, both Silver and Skelos are staking out their positions in advance of the unveiling of the 2015-16 budget proposal, which is expected to include a number of changes to the state’s education policy.

A vocal supporter of charter schools, Cuomo is also expected to call for a strengthening of those institutions either through raising the cap or providing more funding.

“Obviously more money for those schools means less money for traditional education,” Silver said.

But perhaps the biggest fight this budget season will be over a perennial issue in education: Money

“One of the things that’s very important we’ve stood out for is resources for all of our schools across the state,” Silver said. “That’s what it’s about — to have the commitment to schools for children to get what they need is very important in this state.”