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Governor’s Whopping 7.3 Percent Funding Cut to Schools

(Statement by NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer)

It will require a Herculean effort by school boards to absorb Governor Andrew Cuomo’s whopping 7.3 percent funding cut to schools without impacting student achievement. Now more than ever, school boards, employee bargaining units and administrators will have to work together to manage this fiscal crisis. But if cuts of this magnitude are enacted, districts will need more than creative thinking and a willingness to make even greater sacrifices. They will need significant help from state lawmakers in the form of serious reforms to state laws that drive up school district costs. School districts are working hard to help their students meet higher proficiency standards and become better citizens. While student learning may take place in the classroom, it also happens in the art studio, the science lab and on the soccer field. That is why our schools need strong support, including adequate funding, from Albany in order to raise all students to higher standards.