The state Board of Regents on Monday called for a $2.1 billion hike in foundation aid for schools in the 2019-20 school year, a move applauded by education advocates.

“The Board of Regents and I believe that all children should have access to a high-quality education regardless of their race, where they live or where they go to school,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa said.

“The priorities and proposals put forth today build on the idea that every child in every school deserves to be healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged; and they will ultimately allow the Department to implement programs to achieve this goal.”

The Regents outlined a package of goals for the foundation aid, including support for English language learners, career and technical education and money toward pre-kindergarten.

The two most largest items in the state budget are typically health care and education spending.

Typically state lawmakers propose funding for schools in line with what the Board of Regents has proposed, with the governor proposing a lower figure and negotiations producing a mid-range figure.

But education advocates this year are hopeful that a Democratic-controlled state Senate will nudge the ball forward on the school aid front.

“With the new reality in the New York State legislature, we hope that finally our students will receive the investment they have a right to by the state,” said the Alliance for Quality Education in a statement. “We urge the Governor to propose a budget that follows in the footsteps of the Board of Regents. We urge the Assembly and the Senate to be as adamant in the commitment to public schools and New York’s students as the Board of Regents has been. This year, the legislature must commit to a three year phase in of the Foundation Aid formula so the state can finally deliver on its obligation to provide ‘a sound basic education’ to all students.