Our work is not done!
Although there were small improvements to the original funding proposals from the Governor`s office, the distribution of aid remains inequitable and districts like ours continue to bear a greater burden due to the continued use of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) and an inequitable funding formula.
HOWEVER, there is growing awareness statewide and legislators are talking about this issue due to the efforts of parents, students and teachers ever more communities. We should continue to email, write and phone legislators to call on them to address equity in state aid.
Other options exist to get officials to deal with this issue. Concerned community members, parents, teachers and students are invited to join other School Education Advocates in Albany on June 8 to rally for education reform! This is an opportunity to speak with a very loud voice as there will be thousands coming from all parts of the state to address funding and testing issues.
THe New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) organization is providing buses but they need to know right away how many people are going.
If you would like to attend, please contact Kayla French ASAP at email@example.com .
The goal is to get thousands to attend – let’s be sure that the North Country is there!
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Inequity in school funding will cause schools throughout the state to go broke!
Why is this happening?
The state has balanced its budget on the backs of our students by cutting state aid.
A flawed funding formula causes the cuts to be more extreme for poorer districts like many in the North Country than for wealthy districts.
What is inequity? See “A Tale of Two Schools“