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Schools plan civil rights action

Complaint challenges state aid distribution

Enlarged City School District of Middletown in Orange County, Superintendent of Schools, Ken Eastwood, makes a point, to Cathy Lewis, Schenectady School board member, in the Proctor's Fenimore Gallery in Schenectady to discuss how their school districts are disparately impacted due to the way New York State school aid is distributed and what steps to take  to ensure equity and social justice.
Schenectady City School District Superintendent Larry Spring, right, said he is outraged that the color of a school district plays a role in determining state funding. He invited the school leaders to the table for a discussion surrounding the common cause and civil rights associated with New York State’s willingness to underfund school districts based on race on Wednesday morning.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Enlarged City School District of Middletown in Orange County, Superintendent of Schools, Ken Eastwood, makes a point, to Cathy Lewis, Schenectady School board member, in the Proctor's Fenimore Gallery in Schenectady to discuss how their school districts are disparately impacted due to the way New York State school aid is distributed and what steps to take  to ensure equity and social justice. Schenectady City School District Superintendent Larry Spring, right, said he is outraged that the color of a school district plays a role in determining state funding. He invited the school leaders to the table for a discussion surrounding the common cause and civil rights associated with New York State’s willingness to underfund school districts based on race on Wednesday morning.
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The Schenectady and Middletown school districts will file a civil rights complaint against the state this summer, the superintendents decided Wednesday. They plan to complain that school districts with large minority populations receive far less state aid than predominantly white districts. Also, Schenectady City School District Superintendent Laurence Spring has sent emails to 42 other districts that have mostly non-white students, pointing out his research into flaws in the state aid formula and asking them ...

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sharon12305
June 13, 2013
8:26 p.m.

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Superintendents Spring and Eastwood are to be commended for their courage and leadership. I hope others will join them.

kotzr
June 14, 2013
10:22 a.m.

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Superintendent Spring's leadership is commendable. While the tepid response from other school districts is disappointing, I hope the Schenectady community appreciates and supports his efforts.

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