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January 13, 2014

Region's schools will hold forum on school funding crisis, Jan. 30

Stakeholders from 47 school districts will converge on South Colonie Central High School on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 6:30 p.m. to continue the unprecedented regional call to action on the fiscal crisis facing public schools, an effort that began last year. (Snow date: Feb. 3.)

The event, “New York schools STILL in fiscal peril: Our kids can’t wait another year,” picks up where last year’s massive regional advocacy effort left off. It promises to again bring students, parents, teachers, taxpayers, legislators and school leaders together to talk about what is at stake if state leaders do not eradicate the gap elimination adjustment (GEA) and provide adequate and equitable funding for our schools. [DOWNLOAD THE AGENDA]

The goal of “New York schools STILL in fiscal peril” is to inform public school stakeholders about the state of the crisis and how it equates to lost opportunities for students, and to catalyze grassroots advocacy as the start of the 2014 state legislative session, which is a critical time for voices to be heard.

The event will feature the voices of students, teachers, parents, and school leaders, describing how the crisis has affected programs and opportunities that are important to them and their neighbors.

As with last year, the primary focus of the advocacy campaign is to end the Gap Elimination Adjustment, or GEA – the state policy of withholding promised state aid from districts to meet its fiscal challenges and other budget priorities. In the last four state budgets, the 47 school districts joining forces on Jan. 30 – representing more than 112,000 students in seven counties - have lost more than $387 million in promised aid due to the GEA.

The forum is being coordinated by the Superintendent's Legislative Committee of Capital Region and Questar III BOCES on behalf of the student, families, and community members in the 47 districts that make up the two BOCES regions.

Read: Governor’s budget proposal still maintains GEA, results in flat state aid for BH-BL

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