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Concerned Canton Central parents and community members at a meeting this fall to organize lobbying efforts for state aid.  Photo: David Sommerstein
Concerned Canton Central parents and community members at a meeting this fall to organize lobbying efforts for state aid. Photo: David Sommerstein

Canton schools say 3% state aid increase not enough

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo released his annual budget earlier this week, and since then school superintendents have been figuring out what it will mean for their districts. Canton Central Schools Superintendent Bill Gregory presented his findings to the Board of Education Thursday night.  Go to full article
It's not just about the economy tanking, it's a formula that's unfair.

Schools struggle with shortfalls; parents, students prep for lobbying fieldtrip

More North Country school have declared fiscal emergencies. Beekmantown Central School in Clinton County has unveiled a plan that would slash 43 jobs and the district's entire interscholastic sports program.

The Plattsburgh Press Republican reports the district faces a $3.2 million shortfall. Superintendent Scott Amo told a gathering Tuesday evening that "reductions in people are inevitable."

In Jefferson County, Lyme Central School officials have appealed to Gov. Cuomo change the way the state distributes school aid to give more to rural schools. In a letter quoted in the Watertown Daily Times, Superintendent Karen Donahue wrote, "I've witnessed great reductions in state aid, federal aid, and now a capped tax levy...now our students are suffering. They face the unfortunate circumstances of living in the wrong zip code."

More than 100 parents, students, and teachers gathered at the Canton High School auditorium last night. At least three busloads of them from Canton, Potsdam, and possibly other school districts are heading to Albany next week. They were meeting to learn what they'll do when they get there.  Go to full article
I had two very upset kids come home and say the sky is falling...

Canton parents alarmed by school cuts

A group of Canton Central School parents is pulling together a meeting tonight to consider how best to advocate for a bigger share of state education aid.

Superintendent William Gregory told the school board last week that Canton Central might need to cut 44 jobs next school year.

Gregory predicted cuts in teaching positions would mean larger class sizes: up to 30-to-40 students per classroom. Sports, elective classes, and extracurricular programs are all threatened.  Go to full article

Schools welcome Assembly plan for state aid

Gov. David Paterson is issuing emergency spending bills to keep the state running through April 14. It's a sign New York's state budget will likely be late again. The budget is due April 1. The Legislature's last scheduled day of session is Friday. After that, lawmakers plan to take their Passover-Easter vacation until April 7.

Paterson is authorizing only certain essential payments during the two-week period beginning April 1. The governor says, legally, he has to pay the state's share of Medicaid, and pay state workers, but he says other payments, which include schools and local government, not for profits or other vendors, could be put on hold. And while the governor and the legislature are in disagreement over many of the budget issues, they do agree the odds of meeting the budget deadline are very small.

The Assembly budget plan released yesterday was welcomed by New York school districts, but as Martha Foley reports, they're watching the clock closely.  Go to full article
Regent Jim Dawson
Regent Jim Dawson

North Country Regent on School Budgets

While Albany haggles over how to reform education aid, school superintendents have more bad news about their budgets for next year. From Carthage to Crown Point, school budget projections call for teacher cuts, reduced athletic and extracurricular programs, even school closings, while still asking for double digit tax increases. Jim Dawson is the northern New York representative to the state board of Regents, which sets education policy in New York. He spoke with David Sommerstein during a visit to Massena. He says the Regents are calling for an $880 million increase in state aid to schools.  Go to full article

School Budget Request Scaled Back for Next Fiscal Year

The New York State Board of Regents released their budget proposal and school aid plans for the coming fiscal year. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

School Aid Reform

A state supreme court justice has given New York eight months to reform the way school aid is shared among over 700 districts across the state. The ruling said the state is violating its own constitution, illegally shortchanging children in poor districts. The New York State School Boards Association is welcoming the decision, but acknowledges that a difficult balancing act must now begin in earnest. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

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