Opinion

Superintendents from across the 7th Senate District praised Senator Craig M. Johnson for keeping his promise to oppose mid-year school cuts during this most recent round of reductions to the 2008-2009 budget.

"I thank Senator Johnson for his strong stance in holding the line against and preventing mid-year state aid cuts to our schools," Dr. Ron Friedman, president of the Nassau Council of School Superintendents and superintendent of the Great Neck School District, said. "Craig has, once again, shown his commitment to our students and our communities."

Earlier this month, the Senate and Assembly passed a $1.6 billion deficit reduction plan that balanced New York State's books amid this severe economic downturn. The final legislation did not contain the mid-year school aid reductions that were in the governor's initial budget reduction proposal. Senator Johnson was a vocal critic of these reductions, which in many districts would have caused cuts to educational programs and, ultimately, higher property taxes.

Dr. Tom Dolan, superintendent of the Franklin Square School District, said: "Mid-stream cuts, as proposed by the governor in November, would have been incredibly detrimental to our schools. I commend Senator Johnson for making sure that the state kept its commitment to our children and our educational system in this very harsh economic climate."

Sewanhaka School District Superintendent Warren Meierdiercks agreed. "I thank Senator Johnson for protecting our schools during what must have been a very difficult process to balance New York's budgetary shortfall. His actions preserved our educational system and allowed us to continue our mission of providing the best-possible education to our students."

"Funding cuts in the middle of the academic year, and after this year's budget was adopted, would have been devastating to our educational system," Dr. Lorna Lewis, superintendent of the East Williston School District, said. "I applaud Senator Johnson for taking a stand against these cuts, while at the same time acting to shore up this state's fiscal stability."


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