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Biting the bullet

Legislators, school districts fired up about bullet aid

Assemblyman Phil Steck, D-Colonie, said he asked the Assembly's Ways and Means Committee to direct the so-called bullet aid he was apportioned to be given to the Niskayuna Central School District, but it was instead direct to the two districts in his hometown.
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Assemblyman Phil Steck, D-Colonie, said he asked the Assembly's Ways and Means Committee to direct the so-called bullet aid he was apportioned to be given to the Niskayuna Central School District, but it was instead direct to the two districts in his hometown.
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Despite the widely discussed inequity in Schenectady’s state school aid, the district’s new legislator did not nominate it for additional funding this year. Phil Steck, D-Colonie, asked that all his extra aid — dubbed “bullet aid” — be given to Niskayuna. Instead, it was given to the two districts in his home town of Colonie. He said Friday that he had initially asked the Assembly’s Ways and Means Committee to send 40 percent of his ...

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ronzo
March 30, 2013
7:43 a.m.

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This guy Steck talks about extortion in the wrong context. Extortion is when school boards and administrators threaten the public when they refuse to take real actions to efficiently operate their school districts because their egos supercede their serving the taxpayers. And the state representatives cow-tow to their threats by sending good money after bad into their money consuming school district feeding troughs, without question, and pat themselves on the back for this phoney tax cap that even a moron can understand is a joke. We get stuck paying the bill and our kids suffer educationally. Why are we all be so stupid? Or are we the morons? Who keeps saying yes to the school budgets year after year after year?

justapto
March 30, 2013
8:52 a.m.

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Look to the teachers who indoctrinate the kids. They go home and pressure the parents to go out and vote yes on the budget. Then the kids hang out at the polling locations with signs and telling each voter to vote for the kids and vote yes on the budgets. This should all be illegal and considered undue influence against the taxpayers.
The board members run because most of them have an agenda. They have kids in the school and want to have funding for their special program. After they get the tax increases; they move from the area after the kids graduate because the taxes are 'too high'.
I know this because I lived next door to a board member who admitted this to me.

rpterry
March 30, 2013
4:23 p.m.

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Saying that Niskayuna needs the money more than Schenectady is totally astonishing. Niskayuna actually had one middle school for a lengthy period. To say combining buildings is damaging compared to the funding issues facing other districts is out to lunch.

tonijean613
April 1, 2013
7:53 a.m.

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Voters need to be able to vote on specific line items. The school budget should not be a a yes or no, all or nothing vote. People should vote the school budget down until they allow taxpayers and parents to vote on line items. The best school districts in Massachuetts such as Lexington, break down the school budget into various votes. But first, they take an online survey of the community to assess which items are most/east important. Operational, capital improvements, specific building improvements such as roofs to voting on curriculum and whether teachers or salaries or specicif classes should be cut. So it is possible and taxpayers should demand being able to vote on an itemized budget.

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