Senator Betty Little says the 2.8 Billion Dollar Cut to Education in 2009 has created a growing problem.. Especially for school districts in the North Country that were more dependent on state aid than some of the bigger schools, say in Long Island which may not have felt the impact as much.. Now, she says, the Gap Elimination Adjustment money isn’t being returned fairly either.. But they’re making progress..
Senator Little says there’s also debate now in the legislature, and between Governor Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill Deblazio on the importance of Pre K.. But she says that’s not the focus of School Superintendents in the region..Everything has to be reconciled in conferences before the end of the month’s final figures are announced, but Senator Little says the senate actually put more money into the GEA than the Governor did, or the Assembly did..Schools downstate, especially in Long Island and other more urban areas are not as affected by the tax cap limitations and are also able to more easily handle changes in their budgets
Superintendents across the North Country are asking residents to go to the school websites, where you’ll find all of the contact information for local legislators as well as others across the state, and to send letters to everyone in the chain of command asking to remove the Gap Elimination Adjustment..