Mar 10, 2014 — During Governor Cuomo's visit to Lake Placid yesterday, a small group of parents and teachers rallied outside the Olympic Convention Center, urging Cuomo to reinstate education funding cut during the recession.
Natalie Font from Saranac Lake is carrying a sign that reads "Go Away GEA."
"GEA stands for Gap Elimination Adjustment," she says.
Asked what she thinks having the GEA still in place is doing to the local school, Font says, "[It's] really hurting our children’s education because the funding is not there." And regarding Cuomo's proposed tax cuts and school consolidation, she says "I don’t see how they can cut anymore."
Susanne Brosso of Saranac Lake says that’s why she and others are here: “To demonstrate, to let him know that we think maybe this isn’t the right decision—that we need more funding for our schools. Stop taking it from our kids."
The GEA cuts to school funding were made during the state's deep fiscal crisis.
School boards and lawmakers across the North Country say leaving the GEA in place has pushed many districts to the brink, forcing teacher layoffs and triggering cuts to arts and sports programs.