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Denise Richardson. The Daily Star - Oneonta. 1/18/2006.
The governorís proposed budget for public education mostly decreased aid to many area schools, sparking disappointment Tuesday from several school district superintendents.
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Marshand Boone. Utica Observer-Dispatch. 4/26/2005.
Charisse Williams has only lived in Utica for four years, but she's already learned a great lesson about the city school system in which her daughter, Corinthia, 13, is enrolled. The district doesn't have the resources to teach well something as basic as reading skills, she says. Corinthia strives to learn math in a classroom with nearly 30 students. Her mom, like school officials in Utica and elsewhere in the Mohawk Valley, blames the state's system for handing out state aid to school districts, a system variously referred to as complicated, convoluted and nearly impossible to understand. Williams is one of more than 30 people who became plaintiffs in the Utica school district's lawsuit filed last year to rework the state aid formula.
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Allissa Kline & Angela Capudean Gratz. Utica Observer-Dispatch. 3/27/2005.
It's a balancing act: The Mohawk Valley's schools strive to promote strong academics while trying not to strain taxpayer pocketbooks. It's not always easy. Take a look at New Hartford and Whitesboro. Both districts -- with 6,400 students between them -- point out that they're spending less per student than the state average, making it difficult for them to match the resources of districts elsewhere in New York -- resources needed to ensure students are prepared for competitive colleges and the 21st-century workplace. And as state aid begins to slip as a proportion of the budget, the local schools may well be relying increasingly on property owners. Rising costs -- like employee health care, teacher pensions and special education -- show no sign of abating.
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Marshand Boone. Utica Observer-Dispatch. 3/24/2005.
Schools underfunded by New York's current school-aid funding formula could soon experience relief if a new statewide reform bill is passed, education advocates said. Representatives from the Alliance for Quality Education and the Campaign for Fiscal Equity -- the group that prevailed in the 2003 ruling that found New York City school had been underfunded by the governor and Legislature -- along with Utica school officials will be on hand today to discuss the bill during a meeting at James H. Donovan Middle School
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Paul Ertelt. The Daily Star - Oneonta. 3/16/2005.
Twenty-six small-city school districts are going to court to get a fair share of state school aid. The state Association of Small City School Districts, which plans to file the suit in state Supreme Court in Albany this week, contends that the state has failed in its obligation to provide an opportunity for all New York schoolchildren to get a good education.
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Jake Palmateer. The Daily Star - Oneonta. 3/1/2005.
ONEONTA ó The city of Oneonta is in a minority of municipalities statewide that has not seen reductions in the amount of state revenue-sharing aid since the late 1980s. A report released Monday by state Comptroller Alan Hevesi shows revenue-sharing aid for towns, villages and cities has declined by 26.5 percent between the 1988-89 and 2004-05 state fiscal years.
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Marshand Boone. Utica Observer-Dispatch. 2/23/2005.
The Utica City School District is facing a tale of two budgets. In one scenario, Uticans face a 2.5 percent property-tax increase in the budget proposed by Superintendent Dan Lowengard for the 2005-06 school year. In another scenario, the district would have to cut 150 jobs to balance its budget. It all depends on whether the district receives an additional $6.5 million in state aid the district says it is owed under the current school-aid formula.
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Mark Boshnack. The Daily Star - Oneonta. 12/30/2004.
Retiring superintendents, budget woes, tandardized testing and building projects were just a few of the issues that many local educators dealt with in 2004.
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Cecilia Le. Utica Observer-Dispatch. 12/21/2004.
About 15 small city school districts plan to sue the state for more funding in late January, joining the Utica City School District. The state Association of Small City School Districts will file on their behalf, saying the state gives them insufficient funding to provide a basic education.
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Cecilia Le. Utica Observer-Dispatch. 12/17/2004.
The state has denied in a legal statement that Utica schools do not receive enough funding to give students a basic education. The statement dated Thursday is the State Attorney General's answer to a lawsuit filed in July by the Utica City School District saying the state's funding system hurts Utica students.
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