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We’re asking the governor and the legislature to revisit these draconian cuts.

Teachers launch their own statewide tour

Education groups, including the New York State United Teachers union, taking a cue from Governor Andrew Cuomo, have launched their own statewide tour to draw attention to teacher lay offs and school program cuts that they say are a result of school aid cuts in the state budget. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
A tax cap is the worst thing that could happen. It would prevent local communities from being able to save their schools.

Both tax cap sides claim victory after school votes

Both supporters and opponents of a 2% property tax cap say the record high passage of school budgets in New York Tuesday proves their case. Karen DeWitt has reaction from Albany.  Go to full article

School Budget Votes Today

Voters in New York have the opportunity to vote on their local school budgets today. Schools say extra aid from the Governor and legislature this year have helped keep costs down to property taxpayers. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Local Schools Fear Invisible Costs

Martha Foley has the regional view on today's school budget votes.  Go to full article

Most School Budgets Pass (no audio)

With the help of an on-time budget from the state legislature, most north country school districts were able to pass their own budgets in state-wide voting yesterday.
There were a few exceptions. Indian Lake and Warrensburg saw their spending plans defeated. In Clinton County, Beekmantown voters rejected a spending plan that would have included a 12.7 percent increase.
Voters turned down the St. Lawrence Central School budget as well. It called for a 26.8 percent increase in the tax levy.
Those districts will have the chance to craft a new budget and hold a second vote. Or they can adopt a lean contingency budget.
School districts which had struggled to pass budgets in recent years saw success yesterday. Peru and St. Regis Falls both passed spending plans that will include extra money for new buses.  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

Canton School Maps "Survival" Budget Plans

Local schools face another year of tight budgets. Martha Foley talks with Canton Central School Superintendent Katrina Jacobson about options the school board is now considering.  Go to full article

School Plans Tentative Amid Budget Battle

As the budget showdown in Albany reaches its climax, millions of dollars in education aid for North Country schools hang in the balance. School districts are making tentative plans for what they'd do with the extra money. As David Sommerstein reports, in most cases it's a mix of restoring cuts and lowering taxes.  Go to full article

Facing Tax Hikes, Schools Slash Budgets

Across the country, schools are facing their worst fiscal crisis in years. In every part of the North Country, school boards and superintendents were looking at deficits in the millions of dollars to keep things running as is. Instead of asking taxpayers for increases in the 20% range, schools are slashing spending. They're laying off teachers and principals, cutting everything from athletics to driver's education, and in some cases, closing whole schools. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Courtney Perkins (top), Jessica Goesthlaw and Susan Hendershot (bottom, L to R) want to see their BOCES programs continue.
Courtney Perkins (top), Jessica Goesthlaw and Susan Hendershot (bottom, L to R) want to see their BOCES programs continue.

School Budgeting in Uncertainty

Educators in New York were breathing a sigh of relief last week when state leaders added more than 400 million dollars for schools to the state budget. Today New Yorkers vote on school budgets in their districts. But all of them were crafted well before the extra education money was announced. Many include high property tax increases and deep program cuts. That may change over the summer, but schools are struggling to provide quality education for all students when their funding is a guessing game. David Sommerstein reports on two programs in Franklin County.  Go to full article

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