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Ed policy group plans report, conferences on NY funding

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As parents, students, and school officials in Canton and Potsdam Central schools gear up a full-scale lobbying effort to increase state funding, an education policy group is set to release two reports on the status of education funding in New York state.

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The Campaign for Educational Equity says one report coming Monday details the constitutional requirements of the state in providing students with a sound basic education. The second analyzes the actual availability of resources in 33 high-needs school districts.

The Campaign for Educational Equity is a nonprofit research and policy center at Teachers College, Columbia University. Executive director Michael Rebell says it'll hold two day-long conferences to discuss the reports. The first is Tuesday at the New York State School Boards Association near Albany. The other is set for Friday at Teachers College in New York City.

Meanwhile, some North Country districts say the combination of the loss of state funding and increased mandates has left them without enough resources to provide a sound, basic education.

In a recent survey, nearly half of school superintendents in the region say they will be educationally insolvent in two years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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