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Please join us on Jan. 30
"New York schools STILL in fiscal peril”
Thursday, January 30, 2014
6:30 p.m. at South Colonie Central HS
Concerned members of the Guilderland Central School District school community are invited to this important forum. If you would like to attend, please call the GCSD Superintendent’s Office at 456-6200, ext. 3102. The event will also be streamed live at http://educationspeaks.org/.

Please join us as part of the GCSD stakeholder team!
STILL in fiscal peril, region's schools will hold January 30 forum on school funding crisis

Jan. 17, 2014—Stakeholders from 47 school districts will converge on Colonie Central High School on January 30* to continue the unprecedented regional call to action on the fiscal crisis facing public schools, an effort that began last year.

The event, “New York schools STILL in fiscal peril: Our kids can’t wait another year,” picks up where last year’s massive regional advocacy effort left off. It promises to again bring students, parents, teachers, taxpayers, legislators and school leaders together to talk about what is at stake if state leaders do not eradicate the gap elimination adjustment (GEA) and provide adequate and equitable funding for our schools. View the agenda for the night (PDF)

The goal of “New York schools STILL in fiscal peril” is to inform public school stakeholders about the state of the crisis and how it equates to lost opportunities for students, and to catalyze grassroots advocacy as the start of the 2014 state legislative session, which is a critical time for voices to be heard.

Concerned members of the Guilderland Central School District school community are invited to this important forum. If you would like to attend, please call the GCSD Superintendent’s Office at 456-6200, ext. 3102. Your RSVP will assist the event coordinators, as well as possible local car-pooling plans and/or district follow-up advocacy efforts.

The program begins at 6:30 p.m. and will feature the voices of students, teachers, parents, and school leaders, describing how the crisis has affected programs and opportunities that are important to them and their neighbors.

As with last year, the primary focus of the advocacy campaign is to end the Gap Elimination Adjustment, or GEA – the state policy of withholding promised state aid from districts to meet its fiscal challenges and other budget priorities. In the last four state budgets, the 47 school districts joining forces on January 30 – representing more than 112,000 students in seven counties –  have lost more than $387 million in promised aid due to the GEA.

Guilderland Central School District has seen approximately $16 million in state aid withheld through the GEA in that time.

"The Gap Elimination Adjustment is a policy that is systematically dismantling the excellent quality of our educational program here
in Guilderland and devastating schools throughout New York State," said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marie Wiles. "At the end of the day, our children are relying on us to make sure that they have the best opportunities for success both in school and in life. In order to make sure that's possible, our public schools need full funding and that means eliminating the GEA now." 

The forum is being coordinated by the Superintendent's Legislative Committee of Capital Region and Questar III BOCES on behalf of the student, families, and community members in the 47 districts that make up the two BOCES regions.

 

 

 

* Snow date: February 3, 2014

 

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