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NYSUT graph showing per-pupil spending ranges in New York State. Image: NYSUT press release
NYSUT graph showing per-pupil spending ranges in New York State. Image: NYSUT press release

Teachers' union says no to tax cap

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The New York State United Teachers union released an analysis earlier this week that says the state's wealthiest school districts spent almost 80 percent more per pupil than the poorest ones.

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Sarah Harris
Reporter and Producer

Union president Richard Iannuzzi sums it up this way: 

"The way schools are funded, the way education is funded in New York state, is fundamentally inequitable."

Iannuzzi and the union say the 2 percent property tax cap exacerbates the gap between rich and poor school districts. And that affects students:

"The property tax cap that widens the wealth gap will widen the achievement gap. That kind of inequity that fundamentally strikes poorer, rural districts significantly has to be addressed," Iannuzzi said. 

 New York State United Teachers is challenging the tax cap in state Supreme Court, arguing that it’s unconstitutional.

What we’re lacking here," said Iannuzzi, "is the state picking up its fair share to take the burden away from property owners and wealth-poor districts." 

The case will be heard on December 12th

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