State aid cuts harming Suffolk school districts

A handful of school districts in Suffolk County may see programs cut, teacher layoffs and building closures if their budgets are voted down today.

School board officials say the Wyandanch, Brentwood, William Floyd and Hempstead school districts are the most dependent on state aid, which was recently slashed by $172 million.

Officials say the state currently pays for about 66 percent of Brentwood schools' operating costs and 60 percent of Wyandanch schools'.

Economist Martin Cantor says state lawmakers backed local school districts into a fiscal corner and should have provided some relief to prevent program cuts.

Wyandanch residents are facing a 14-percent tax hike if the budget is passed.

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