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Tim Schmitt. Tonawanda News. 3/24/2005.
If the job of the Tonawanda City School District is to teach kids to fend for themselves, consider its most recent lesson a masterpiece. If you donít think youíre getting enough cash, the district seems to be saying, call the bald-headed guy and his bushy-eyed buddy chasing Twin City Ambulances.
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Buffalo News. 3/17/2005.
The two major budgetary issues facing this state are health care, especially Medicaid, and education funding. The Assembly, as usual, proposes more spending for education than Pataki has called for -- $310 million more in school aid and $243 million more for higher education. But neither the governor nor the Legislature comes close to funding any of the more than $23 billion that a court has mandated for New York City students and school infrastructure over the next four years.
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Buffalo News. 8/15/2004.
In the end, they couldn't get the job done. There's even reason to believe state leaders didn't want to do it. It's easier to defer to the courts than to take on the politically risky challenge of reforming the system of education funding, especially in a state that is already overtaxed.
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Murray B. Light. Buffalo News. 1/25/2004.
The state Court of Appeals has ruled that New York must come up with a plan to improve educational opportunities under its constitutional mandate to provide a "sound basic education in its public schools." That's going to require a significant cash infusion from Albany, which is a major problem for a state deep in the red.
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Buffalo News. 1/22/2004.
Recent comments from State Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno about education funding left many wondering whether the issue of devising an equitable aid formula is being taken seriously in Albany. We have our doubts.
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Murray B. Light. Buffalo News. 1/4/2004.
After far too many years of talk, but no action, about the need for a change in state funding formulas for aid to education, it now appears that some changes are on the horizon. It's being brought about by a ruling some six months ago by the state's highest court that said funding for New York City schools failed to meet the state constitutional mandate that all students must be provided with a sound, basic education.
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Buffalo News. 9/20/2003.
Gov. George Pataki's creation of a new commission to help him make "historic reforms" in the way children are educated unfortunately includes a number of members with no educational experience and excludes institutions that should be represented. But with nine seats still to fill, the governor still can and should improve this panel.
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Murray B. Light. Buffalo News. 8/3/2003.
The governor and the State Legislature have struggled in recent years to balance the state budget. But the problems they dealt with in the past will seem easy compared with what they will face in trying to shape a 2004 budget. In addition, their job has been made even more difficult by a June ruling of the state Court of Appeals ordering the state to provide a better education for New York City youngsters.
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Buffalo News. 5/14/2003.
There are tough times, and then there are tough times. If you want to see the difference, take a look at how affluent suburban school districts are being affected by the state's fiscal troubles, and then check out the impact on poor urban districts like Buffalo.
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Buffalo News. 1/14/2003.
According to the Education Week study, New York ranks second nationwide in providing per-pupil education funding and first in promoting high standards and accountability. But it also ranks 39th in its efforts to share funding fairly among rich and poor school districts, a statewide shame that has been allowed to fester far too long.
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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal. 3/18/2005.
The New York State Association of Small City School Districts is moving ahead with a lawsuit to force New York to cough up more money for education. Lockport City School District is backing the effort with cash support.
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Tom Precious. Buffalo News. 12/1/2004.
Buffalo and other upstate school districts anticipate a large increase in state aid as a result of Tuesday's recommended 44 percent increase in operating aid for the New York City schools. A court-appointed panel recommended that New York City schools get an additional $5.6 billion a year in state aid, phased in over a four-year period. Though the panel's plan deals only with aid to New York City schools, state officials have long agreed that other districts would not be left out.
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Joyce M. Miles . Lockport Union-Sun & Journal. 11/5/2004.
Lockportís school board is mulling over support of a lawsuit against the state to force education finance reform.
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Tom Precious. Buffalo News. 7/31/2004.
Gov. George E. Pataki and legislative leaders failed to meet Friday's deadline set by the state's highest court to come up with a plan to improve how public schools are funded in New York State. The inaction all but ends the prospect for reforming how billions of dollars are distributed to more than 700 school districts across the state, not only for the coming school year but depending on future court battles, potentially for years to come.
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Peter Simon. Buffalo News. 6/2/2004.
A tense and high-stakes battle is taking shape over the way Albany funds schools, and the outcome will have a major impact on students, teachers and taxpayers across the state. With a court-imposed deadline to overhaul the state school aid formula drawing near, Gov. George E. Pataki came to Buffalo Tuesday to stump for a plan that would increase assistance to Buffalo schools by $131 million after five years.
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Vanessa Thomas. Buffalo News. 1/26/2004.
Black and Hispanic leaders from across the state rallied Sunday against Gov. George E. Pataki's proposal to fund education by opening gambling halls with thousands of video lottery terminals. In New York City, the New York State Black, Puerto Rican & Hispanic Legislative Caucus held a news conference Sunday outside City Hall in opposition of the governor's gambling proposal, calling the plan a shortsighted funding scheme that would ruin communities. Buffalo-area members of the caucus echoed similar sentiments.
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Rod Watson. Buffalo News. 2/27/2003.
As horror films go, this one falls into the category of slasher flick. But there's no blood on the floor or hacked-off limbs. The cuts are to Buffalo's schools, and the victims are real-life eighth-graders. That's right, eighth-graders. You know, the kids the Pataki administration must feel should be ready to get a job because the state constitution only mandates that they be provided an eighth-grade education. They're the stars of "The Terror of Education," a 30-minute video about 350 Buffalo and Lackawanna students will take to Albany on Tuesday when they try to make the point that "eighth grade is not enough."
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Peter Simon. Buffalo News. 1/17/2001.
School districts in Erie County would receive average state aid increases of 2.7 percent in the budget proposed by Gov. George E. Pataki, and Buffalo would see a hike of $ 10 million, or 3.3 percent.
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Tom Precious. Buffalo News. 1/16/2001.
The state budget for the coming year will offer dramatic changes in the way public schools are funded, increase spending to promote development of old industrial sites in urban settings like Buffalo and cut Medicaid spending for nursing home care, Gov. George Pataki proposed this morning.
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Bernadette Medige. Buffalo News. 1/18/2005.
A recent News editorial chided Buffalo Board of Education Member Catherine Collins for marching to her own drummer by opposing charter schools despite parent demand for them, and for wanting to delay the closing of three elementary schools. Smaller classes and better programming are not demands unique to charter school parents. Parents, the Board of Education and the unions are all in agreement on this. The Campaign for Fiscal Equity is fighting -- and winning -- to make funding them a reality for all children statewide.
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Ceylane Meyers. Buffalo News. 1/27/2002.
I am writing in response to the Jan. 14 letter from a spokesman of the State Division of Budget. He claimed Gov. George Pataki's "efforts on behalf of schools have been unwavering." If this is true, how does the governor justify wasting taxpayer dollars to appeal the Campaign For Fiscal Equity lawsuit, which would bring much-needed funding to the Buffalo Public Schools?
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