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Teacher furloughs would cut school expenses

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State rebate or not, the Schenectady school board should have proposed a budget with no tax increase. In order to close a $1.37 million budget gap, the board and Superintendent Laurence Spring decided to make $500,000 in administrative cuts and raise taxes 2.75 percent, or $60 per $100,000 household assessment. The tax increase might not sound like much, but when city and school district taxes incrementally increase year after year, it all adds up in ...

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April 23, 2014
2:03 p.m.

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Year one teachers work one day for free, two days would be needed the second year,3 days by third year, and a month unpaid by retirement. That is a scheme to fund schools? Who would work in the district? Is there any evidence that Schenectady teachers are paid more than teachers in other districts?
The answer is that we need a funding system that will allow districts to reach the goals society wants. Cutting teacher pay won't get us there.

April 23, 2014
10:06 p.m.

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"... and even administrative staff."
God forbid.