Statewide Problem: Statewide Communication

 

We have discovered that schools and communities throughout the state are in a bind with respect to adequate funding educate our children.  For a list of schools and news articles statewide (by no means exhaustive!), scroll down.

 You may personally recognize schools from your hometown, where you went to college or the names of towns throughout our state that you have had occasion to travel through or visit.  And you may know people in communities across the state that are facing devastating cuts at their local schools.  

Parents and community members in our area have been organizing to make the state government aware of the devastating effect on our school and our local community.  Perhaps now is the time for us all to reach past our own communities and to acquaintances, friends and family statewide. If communities and schools statewide mobilize and let our officials know that our children are losing critical opportunities necessary to developing skills and backgrounds needed for college and careers, we have a better chance of saving our schools.  

Think about using email, Facebook, or other means to reach out to others statewide.  Let people know that you would like to hear from them to see how/if we can support each others` communities in an effort to maintain our children`s educational opportunities.  Ask them if this situation does apply to their school and community, and if so, to share your email.

In your email/post/communication, you might mention the following:

To organize our own efforts, and perhaps help others as well, we have a website www.fairfundingforstudents.org.  There is a Contact Us page for people to share their email/district/story.  

The site also includes some information, tools and models which can be used to mobilize people and help them to take action such as the following:

1.       Sign and forward the Sign-On Petition for fair funding http://signon.org/sign/governor-cuomo-address?source=s.icn.em.cp&r_by=6268329 (VERY IMPORTANT AND EASY TO DO!!!!!)

2.       Call, email, facebook and WRITE the Governor and State Legislators

3.       Send letters to the editor of local newspapers and the Albany Times Union

4.       Get local governments and Chambers of Commerce to pass resolutions in support of schools.

We also have a Facebook group Equity in State Aid for Schools http://www.facebook.com/groups/schoolequity/

 

 

News links to districts facing financial difficulties (not in any particular order):

Maine-Endwell

http://www.pressconnects.com/article/20130117/NEWS02/301170083/Maine-Endwell-budget-deficit-could-result-cuts-77-positions

Guilderland, Schodack

http://www.timesunion.com/default/article/High-cost-of-closing-a-gap-4190976.php

Albany area

http://www.fox23news.com/news/local/story/Outside-Capitol-hundreds-rally-for-education/H0NQPOu85025KEVW7kLgOg.cspx  

http://www.scribd.com/doc/51986318/Revised-2011-12-state-school-aid-for-Central-New-York-districts

Syracuse Area

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2011/03/how_much_state_aid_will_your_s_1.html

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/ny-bus-tour-education-ends-132648753.html

Olean

http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/School-districts-lament-No-leeway-left-4095002.php

Waterveliet

http://www.mpnnow.com/topstories/x1233654009/Naples-school-boosters-storm-Albany

Naples

http://thedailystar.com/opinion/x2120611749/Albany-makeslocal-schoolssuffer-too-much

Unatego

http://www.unatego.org/%5CAdmin%5CSecure_Do%5CUploaded%5CUnatego%20Budget%2011.pdf

Oneonta

Franklin

http://thedailystar.com/local/x1839362624/Area-schoolofficials-sayinsolvencyis-in-sight

http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/article/20121216/ADV01/712169920/1081

Lyme

http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/article/20120222/NEWS03/702229920

Thousand Islands

http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/article/20110413/NEWS03/304139896

Sackets Harbor

Ogdensburg

http://www.ogd.com/article/20121120/OGD01/711209838

Green Island (Albany)

http://www.greenisland.org/publications_forms/pdfs/GIbudgetnews_2012-13.pdf

Brocton, Cassadaga Valley (Chautauqua)

http://www.post-journal.com/page/content.detail/id/581385/Schools-Running-Out-Of-Money.html?nav=5192

West Seneca (Erie)

http://www.buffalonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20121022/CITYANDREGION/121029744/1020

Oppenheim-Euphrata (Fulton)

http://www.wktv.com/news/local/Oppenheim-Ephratahs-budget-voted-down-again-more-cuts-await-159786965.html

Hermon-DeKalb (St. Lawrence)

http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/article/20121216/ADV01/712169916

Ilion, Herkimer, Mohawk (Herkimer)

http://www.uticaod.com/news/x1231831163/Valley-school-merger-Is-it-the-only-option-left

West Canada Valley (?) (Herkimer)

http://www.littlefallstimes.com/news/x432883313/WCV-school-budget-calls-for-cuts-in-staffing-clubs-sports-programs

Pavilion (Genesee)

http://thedailynewsonline.com/news/article_fd2ad64e-4c51-5438-929a-4f45991fab43.html

East Ramapo (Rockland)

http://www.preserveramapo.org/

Lafayette (Onondaga)

http://centralny.ynn.com/content/all_news/central_new_york/573231/lafayette-school-district-preparing-budget/

Dolgeville (Herkimer)

http://www.littlefallstimes.com/news/x481360091/Dolgeville-school-budget-raises-tax-levy-by-2

 

Cambridge (Washington)

http://www.cambridgecsd.org/news.cfm?story=38832&school=0

Elmira Heights (Chemung)

http://www.pressconnects.com/article/20121210/NEWS01/312100076/Elmira-Heights-school-district-financial-peril-public-told

Fonda-Funtonville (Montgomery)

http://www.mpcourier.com/article/20121109/DCO01/711099926

Jordan-Elbridge (Onondaga)

http://auburnpub.com/news/local/article_15b0c51e-7b85-11e0-8674-001cc4c002e0.html

Canastota (Madison)

http://www.oneidadispatch.com/articles/2012/04/18/news/doc4f8e0975e9e59816899813.txt?viewmode=default

Broadalbin-Perth (Fulton), Mayfield

http://www.recordernews.com/news/02092012_schools

Maine-Endwell (Broome)            

http://www.pressconnects.com/article/20121213/NEWS02/312130047/Mid-year-layoffs-approved-by-Maine-Endwell-school-board

Owego-Apalachin (Tioga(?))

http://www.wbng.com/closings/93624024.html

Lewiston-Porter (Niagara)          

http://www.wnypapers.com/news/article/current/2012/11/02/108468/lew-port-receives-clean-audit-roser-concerned-with-future

Scotia-Glenville (Schenectady)

Amityville (Suffolk)

http://schools.newsday.com/long-island/districts/amityville/

 

West Seneca (Erie)

http://www.buffalonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20121022/CITYANDREGION/121029744/1020

Utica (Oneida)

http://www.uticaod.com/opinion/x1658266286/Guest-view-Utica-School-District-will-meet-challenges-head-on

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