commoncoreA coalition of schools groups — ranging from the umbrella organization for the state’s teachers union and the Council on School Superintendents — called for a variety of funding reforms for districts around the state ahead of next year’s budget negotiations.

School funding has always been a perennial battle at the state Capitol, with lawmakers pushing for a slice of the state pie for their districts, while education advocates have decried the complicated formula they say has starved the neediest districts.

But the battle over aid has become increasingly pitched in recent years after the enactment of the state’s cap on property tax increases, which has been the primary revenue source for school districts.

In a news conference outside of the Senate chamber, school organizations called for a bump in state aid for districts of $2.2 billion in the coming 2016-17 budget year, along with a complete elimination of the so-called Gap Elimination Adjustment while also pledging to fully fund Foundation Aid that helps poorer districts.

School advocates insisted the boost in funding they are seeking is reflective of the need on the district level.

“We didn’t grab that figure and say let’s ask for a whole lot and hope we get something close to it, not wild estimates,” said John Yagielski, the chairman of the Educational Conference Board. “We constructed from the ground up to determine what it would cost to fund our programs.”

But perhaps most controversially, the school advocates are reiterating their call to change how the state’s limit on property tax increases is calculated. Currently, the cap is based on the rate of inflation, or 2 percent, whichever figure is lower.

School advocates last year — along with the New York State United Teachers union — called for an end to tying the cap to the rate of inflation. The cap was reauthorized alongside rent control regulations for New York City, with modest structural changes.

“I think most of the public thinks of it as a 2 percent tax cap,” said Robert Lowry of the New York State Council of School Superintendents. “Fine, make it 2 percent.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo in recent years has submitted budgets to increase school spending, even as he has decried schools pushing for more money, saying that wouldn’t necessarily solve the problem of low student performance.

Updated: Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi in a statement said, “Under Governor Cuomo, New York’s annual education investment is at an all-time high. Work on the 2016-2017 executive budget is ongoing.”

Cuomo this year once again linked the adoption of a new teacher evaluation criteria to an increase in state aid. Most school districts have applied for waivers to adopt the evaluation criteria, which was due this month.

“The vast majority of districts have submitted requests for hardship waiver giving them an additional four months to negotiate with their unions,” Lowry said. “We’re not aware of any districts who are going to run into trouble getting a hardship waiver or a plan approved.”

Still, the linkage of aid to policy has rankled not just state lawmakers, but districts themselves.

“Those kinds of things focus on adult problems and get away from the focus on and what we’re in the business of, student learning,” Yagielski said. “We need resources not because we’re greedy, but because we need to do the kind of job that we have to do for students.”