Statewide Equity Advocate and Budget Guru Rick Timbs at SLL BOCES, Canton on Nov. 27

ATTENTION ALL NORTH COUNTRY RESIDENTS CONCERNED ABOUT THE INEQUITY IN SCHOOL FUNDING:  Come on Tuesday, November 27 at 5 PM to the SLL BOCES, 40 W. Main St., Canton to show that this issue matters to you!  Dr. Rick Timbs is a powerful voice and we are very fortunate to have him here to connect us to the wider state effort and to help us strategize! Dr. Timbs is the Executive Director of the Statewide School Finance Consortium. As an introduction to Dr. Timbs and his efforts, see the links to brief videos below:

This very brief video introduces Dr. Timbs and his goal of equity in state aid to schools in a powerful way.
 Trailer for Education Speaks interviews with Rick Timbs
Part 4 of the Education Speaks interviews (5 mins).  This interview focuses on the root of our current crisis, the inequitable Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA), and graphically depicts the impacts of this regressive policy.
A 7 min video that was produced in advance of the tax cap legislation, and which explains how the cap increases inequity for poor districts.  It provides both an illustration of the problem and suggestions to deal with it.

For those interested in more detail: In September 2012, Dr. Timbs released a white paper entitled The Numbers Don’t Lie: The Current Crisis of New York State School District Finances. The overview on pages 3-6 gives a sense of the issue and the problems with state school funding policies. http://www.statewideonline.org/data/SSFC_2012_Whitepaper_FINAL_9-26-2012.pdf

For more about the Statewide School Finance Consortium, see this from their About Us page:

The Statewide School Finance Consortium (SSFC) is an organization of more than 400 New York State public school districts whose mission is to bring equity to the distribution of New York State educational aid. SSFC membership is largely comprised of school districts from average and low-wealth communities that receive a disproportionate share of state funding in comparison to high-wealth regions of New York. The reform of the state aid process will help ensure that all of New York’s children receive the same educational opportunities regardless of the wealth or location of their community.  http://www.statewideonline.org/about.html

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