Parents rally against proposed school aid cuts

Some 1,000 parents, teachers and students gathered at a rally in Farmingdale Saturday to protest Gov. David Paterson's proposed $147 million in school aid cuts. "If we lose this money, it's going to

News 12 Staff

Mar 2, 2009, 6:39 PM

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Some 1,000 parents, teachers and students gathered at a rally in Farmingdale Saturday to protest Gov. David Paterson's proposed $147 million in school aid cuts.
"If we lose this money, it's going to be harder than ever to stay afloat," says sixth-grader John Brooks, of Oceanside.
The rally comes one day after Paterson announced that the federal stimulus money slated for education will be used to offset all the cuts he had proposed in his budget to school districts.
Protesters, however, say the expected influx of federal money is just a temporary solution. They worry about the schools' long-term financial woes.
"Each year programs cost more," says Rob Molinari, of Central Islip Teachers' Association. "Each year the needs are different for the children, and we have to be able to grow and react to that."
Next week, the New York State Assembly will begin debate on the state budget to determine how much state aid will be allocated to each school district.


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