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State must do more to fund our schools

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I’m increasingly dismayed by local school districts being forced to cut programs and reduce teaching positions in their current budget sessions. This is particularly evident in the smaller districts like Johnstown and Mohanason as reported in your paper. This is highly unfair to the students in those districts who will have fewer extracurricular choices and larger classes. I realize it’s the fault of rising taxes and increased costs. I don’t blame the school boards that are trying to create manageable budgets, nor the residents whose taxes are already too high. I certainly don’t blame the students for wanting a quality education, nor the teachers who are trying to provide it.The fault, as I see it, lies with the state Legislature and the governor. More money should be set aside to aid the struggling districts and to provide equal opportunities to their students. New York state has within its massive budget and wasteful spending more than enough money to head off this underselling of the students in the smaller and poorer districts. A more reasonable solution to funding the schools would be to supplement local taxes with higher subsidies from the state. Reading the list of programs being cut in the districts The Gazette has reported on is sad and disconcerting. Those students should have the same chances to learn and flourish as all students. It’s time the state took notice.Anthony FrankSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcySchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

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