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Sch'dy school leader pushes for aid equity

Spring says Cuomo, legislators must change formula

Schenectady school board member Diane Herrman, left, talks with newly appointed Superintendent Laurence Spring at Zoller Elementary School back in February.
Schenectady school board member Diane Herrman, left, talks with newly appointed Superintendent Laurence Spring at Zoller Elementary School back in February.
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The new superintendent of Schenectady schools isn’t pulling his punches. Laurence Spring is leading a charge against the governor and the state Legislature, demanding changes in the state aid formula that he claims has funded schools unequally. This war has already been fought. New York City parents went to court to force the state to distribute state aid more fairly, arguing that wealthy districts receive far more aid than they need, while high-needs schools languish. ...


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gina99
November 9, 2012
8:07 a.m.

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The school board better start cutting and budgeting for less State aid. Mayor McCarthy refuses to pay the City tax due and City property values are crashing. We miss the former Superintendent who was a business expert and understood that the taxpayers cannot pay any more.

JIMOCONNOR
November 9, 2012
8:15 a.m.

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Nice article
Nice hair cut on the young sup.
I'd rather he focus on things right at hand, here at home before parading our name in a Quixotic attempt at highlighting the obvious.

Also please find a better picture of him acting supperendantly.

myshortpencil
November 10, 2012
9:44 a.m.

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Schenectady doesn't need more money for its schools. Even with the "cuts" of the last 4 years, it spends way more than the national average. What it needs is a reasonable cost structure, which it moved toward in the last teachers' contract, but didn't move nearly as far or as fast as it should have. Schenectady teacher compensation is at least 30% above the fair market value of the services provided compared to NY private school teachers and public school teachers around the nation and the world.

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