ALBANY, N.Y. – Education advocates say their schools need more money, but there’s only four more weeks until the school budget deadline.
School districts say can no longer do more with less after years of cuts to education funding. The superintendent of the Cohoes City School District Bob Libby said that students in his district are being hurt.
“We’ve had to cut one and half librarians, so we have a half-time librarian at the middle school and no librarian at the elementary level,” he said. “We had to eliminate a guidance counselor at the high school, so we have two guidance counselors for 600 students at the high school.”
The Alliance for Quality Education and the Campaign for Fiscal Equality said they visited 16 school districts across the state and found overcrowded classrooms, outdated textbooks and cuts to electives such as music, art and sports.
Cathy Nolan is the Assembly Education Committee chairwoman, and she said she’s pushing her fellow legislators to demand more state money to be put toward education.
The AQE is calling for $1.9 billion, and it points to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s tax relief plan.
The budget deadline is March 31.