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Richard Iannuzzi (Source: NYSUT)
Richard Iannuzzi (Source: NYSUT)

Top teachers union leader calls for property tax reform

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Today across the North Country, voters will elect new school board members. They'll also decide the fate of their local school district budgets, which are largely funded by local property taxes. Propety tax reform is on many minds this year. In Albany, Gov. David Paterson has renewed his call for property tax reform. He meets with legislatve leaders today to push for reform legislation before the end of the session in late June. The national economic crisis has reshaped the discussion of public education. Many districts in the region are being forced to cut teachers and other staff, while raising property taxes. Brian Mann spoke with Richard Iannuzzi, head of New York State United Teachers, the most powerful teachers union in New York. Iannuzzi says federal stimulus money has given New Yorkers time to rethink the way we pay for our schools.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

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