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Groups to rally at Capitol for more school funding

Posted by Karen DeWitt on

Up to 1000 people, including the President of New York’s NAACP, Hazel Dukes, will hold a rally at the Capitol Monday for a rally to convince state lawmakers to fulfill a 2006 court order to spend billions more dollars on New York’s schools each year.

The groups say to fulfill the court order, schools need $6 billion more dollars a year, with a greater share going to the poorest schools.

Governor Cuomo has often said he doesn’t think spending more money on schools is the answer, and he recently derided requests for more school funding from the State Board of Regents as “political correctness.”

“That’s Albany politically correct, I want $17 billion dollars for everything,” Cuomo said in mid December.

Billy Easton, with the Alliance for Quality Education, which helped organize the event , takes umbrage at that.

“That’s kind of disrespectful to students,” Easton said. “It’s out of touch with what’s going on in our schools.”

Cuomo has also criticized the teachers union over performance reviews, and said he wants to break the "public school monopoly." Easton says Cuomo is waging a “war on public education.”

Easton says the groups will work on state legislators to urge a four year phase in of the school funding to fulfill the court ruling.  They say the inequity of the state’s school funding system has become a civil rights issue.

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