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Tkaczyk to attend meeting on school funding inequities March 18

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - Updated: 4:14 AM

CANAJOHARIE — The Canajoharie Central School District invites residents of the region to a call to action meeting on school funding inequities in the high school auditorium at 6 p.m., Monday, March 18.

Hosted by the “Our Students Matter Too!” advocacy group, the event includes information about the unequal distribution of school aid in New York State, and how residents can advocate for schools. Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk and other elected officials will also attend.

Rural schools throughout New York State are facing a fiscal crisis because of the inequities in the distribution of state aid, the devastating effects of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) and the two percent tax levy limit in the absence of meaningful mandate relief.

“Unless New York State changes how it distributes school aid, rural schools like Canajoharie will continue to struggle to give students the same education offered to those in more affluent school districts. We need to encourage our legislators to fix the laws so our students can have the same opportunities as those schools with more local funding capacity,” said Superintendent Deborah Grimshaw.

“During this event, our goals are to educate our residents on the problem of school funding inequity and learn what we can do together — along with our elected officials — to solve it," she added.


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