STILL in fiscal peril, a forum on school funding crisis

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The Hudson City School District is seeking parents, students and community members interested in attending a regional event on public education at South Colonie High School on Thursday, Jan. 30 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. titled “NY Schools Still in Fiscal Peril: Our Kids Can’t Wait Another Year”.

If interested, please contact the Superintendent’s Office by e-mailing mcdonalddh@hudsoncityschooldistrict.com or calling 518-828-4360 Ext. 2101.  We hope to organize a sizable group to represent our community.

The event follows up on last year’s “Your Public Schools in Fiscal Peril – Running Out of Time and Options” held at Columbia High School. Once again, a broad coalition of parents, students, community members and educators from all 47 public school districts in the Capital Region will gather to learn about the fiscal peril facing schools across New York and how they can help.
The Jan. 30 event will feature a panel of school board members, superintendents and teachers who will provide first-hand insight on the state of public education in New York. Attendees will also receive information on how they can advocate for their schools by contacting their elected officials to share their concerns about public education.

This is an opportunity for our community to make a real impact not only for our schools, but for public education across New York State. Last year’s event and the subsequent advocacy efforts made by parents, students and community members helped convince elected officials in Albany to restore some of the cuts to school aid funding. We hope to continue those efforts this year.
Once again, a major focus will be the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) cuts to school funding. The GEA is a cut to every public school’s share of state aid. It was started four years ago by Gov. David Paterson. It was meant to be a one-year cut to school funding to reduce New York’s deficit. However, the GEA cuts have been included in each of the past four state budgets.

Over the past four years, the GEA has cost our district $8,837,431 in state aid. As a result, our school district has been forced to make difficult budget cuts each year. If New York State would simply end the GEA school funding cuts like they originally proposed, schools would be able to provide their students with the opportunities they deserve and our communities demand.
If you have any questions, please contact the Superintendent’s Office. Thank you.

Posted January 8, 2014