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Posted on January 23 at 3:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Wmarinac: Simple solution to a complex situation. Private schools (school choice) do not open their arms to all students. Then what happens to the rest of the students who are not accepted nor retained in those schools? Using public funds to support non-public students does not further the education of society as a whole.
Busting on teachers' unions solves nothing. They not only advocate for better job conditions, but also advocate for students. They have been a loud voice, along with parents, in pointing out the pitfalls of the present testing system, and NYS policies that have been extremely detrimental to public education.

From: Three Schenectady County school superintendents seek more funding

Posted on January 23 at 10:16 a.m. (Suggest removal)

NYS does NOT continually throw money at all schools. It is well-documented that many poor wealth school districts spend, and are given by the State, much less money per student than their wealthy counterparts. These are the districts whose students need much more support per student, not less.
It is also well-documented that Charter Schools do not do better than other public schools in educating students. They discourage from attending and staying in their schools, the students who need more financial support to succeed, such as ESL, Special Ed., etc. Therefore they generally are not educating the same pool of students as the neighborhood public schools from which they draw their students. Overall they do about the same, despite this unfair advantage.
They may seem to educate students for less money, because they may often have financial support from groups such as the Waltons. Some of their owners are companies that actually make a profit from using public education funds. Why should they make a profit from our tax-paying dollars?
Hard to tell much about their finances because they do not need to present their budgets for passing, as other public schools do. The money they receive comes from the State, via the local school district, which MUST submit their budget to voters.
Charter Schools do not have elected Boards of Education. There is very little oversight, if any, by the local taxpayers.
Teacher turnover is usually high in Charter Schools, providing less continuity, and less experienced teachers.

From: Three Schenectady County school superintendents seek more funding

Posted on January 22 at 10:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Unfortunately our Schenectady income tax money is paid to NY State, like it or not, and sent back to our poor wealth school district disproportionately to wealthy school districts, and the needs of its student population.
That is the point.

From: Schenectady school district is getting poorer

Posted on January 22 at 9:20 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Long past the time every Schenectady resident should call, write, or email our NY State legislators, and Gov. Cuomo about this immoral situation.
This lop-sided, political, inequitable way of funding education is most detrimental to poor school districts, like Schenectady. Detrimental not only to the education and future of poor and other students who live in these school districts, but to every city of Schenectady, property-tax paying resident. Schenectady is not, and for decades has not been, lreceiving anywhere near its share of education funding.
If this situation isn't rectified in this April 1 budget, it's time to vote every NYS legislator out this November, who doesn' restore the funding owed to our Schenectady students and residents.
To constantly complain about "failing" schools, and then underfund them by so much is hypocrisy!
Our community deserves much better than this.

From: Schenectady school district is getting poorer

Posted on January 21 at 8:46 a.m. (Suggest removal)

High-need, low-wealth school districts have been cutting staff and programs for decades. SCSD is owed $64,000,000 by NY State per the Foundation Aid funding.formula. That amounts to over $6,000 per Scenectady student!
Legislators and the Governor need to change the tax cap to a steady, reliable 2%, not a percentage that can fluctuate so wildly.
Between the tax cap, the GEA,, and not funding properly those schools whose students live in poverty, it looks like the legislators and Gov. Cuomo are at war with public education.
And the Gov. has included in his budget another attempt to take money from public education, and send it to private schools.
Shame on NY State.

From: Restore full GEA funds this year

Posted on January 20 at 2:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Looking through the "pork barrel" grants since 2008, it is noteworthy that none were issued to Schenectady County or The City of Schenectady, compared to other upstate counties and cities listed.
Why aren't our Schenectady city and county governments submitting proposals, so we can get needed funding back ffrom our state taxes?
Syracuse, Utica,Buffalo, Rochester, Geneva, Newburgh, etc. and many more have been beneficiaries.

From: Fixing ethics includes pork barrel reform

Posted on December 15 at 11:32 a.m. (Suggest removal)

What Governor Cuomo does not, and has not understood is the disadvantage placed on small city school districts by the current method of funding them. For him to call out those districts for failure, while at the same time denying them the funding needed for higher graduation rates, and test scores is hypocrisy.

From: Schools should try to live with the tax cap

Posted on December 15 at 11:24 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Chancellor Meryl Tisch does a huge disservice to teachers in "high need" districts. Stating that those districts have the "highest percentage of least-prepared teachers, erroneously places the blame on the teachers in those schools. Place suburban school teachers in those "high need" schools, with the same inadequate funding, and it is doubtful the results would change. In fact, because suburban school teachers are not prepared for the lack of parental support and student behaviors of the students having difficulties, as well as the numbers of English language learners, special needs students, and impoverished students, they might not do as well as their counterparts.

From: Panel OKs halt to using test scores in teacher evals

Posted on December 14 at 3:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Most schools have been living within the tax cap. However next year, it's unlikely the tax cap will allow much of the supposed 2% increase, if any at all.
Schools which have been struggling, for years, have been financially short-changed by Gov. Cuomo and the state legislators for years! Urban districts have more impoverished, Sp. Ed, and ELL students than the surrounding suburban schools, thus need more funding to help these students succeed.
The city of Schenectady has not helped with its policy of holding on to taxes belonging to the school system, rather than paying them back sooner. Nor has the city policy of lowered taxes on new businesses helped, as the city residents pay much more than their share.
Urban teachers do amazing jobs with much fewer resources than their counterparts in outlying districts.
This is a complicated issue.

From: Schools should try to live with the tax cap

Posted on December 7 at 3:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

GPlante: It is possible to google your sign-in and find that you have said you are a proud member of a particular NY State employee's union. So apparently you do know the value of belonging to a union to support employees in their profession, and workplace. In the case of teachers, they are often also advocating for their students with the support of their union.
Unfortunately there is a myth that state workers do not work very hard for their salary. I, however, would never characterize a whole group of state workers that way, and particularly, because I have members of my own family who have worked very hard at their State jobs, day in and day out. I also have known many other NY State workers with that same work ethic.
I cannot find any information that says unions do, or do not pay property taxes, but if NYSUT doesn't, it is unlikely that CSEA or PEF do either.

From: Potential negative tax cap worries Schenectady schools chief

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