Fight Back Friday: Funding for schools

It’s the not so lazy, but definitely hazy and crazy days of summer across the state.

Congratulations to the Broadalbin-Perth Booster Club, which has raised enough funds to save fall sports for students in that Fulton County community. Of course, the club still has $22,000 to raise to save winter and spring sports. (UPDATE thanks to Twitter. Donations can be directed to the B-P Sports Booster Club, 100 Bridge Street, Broadalbin 12025. Thanks!)

Broadalbin-Perth is just one of the more than 700 districts across the state that eliminated or reduced programs last year to deal with state budget cuts and then had to cut programs for the coming year because of the state tax cap. Here’s a link to the EducateNYNow group that formed to fight for fair funding for our students.

I just came from working with four locals in western New York and am amazed at how hard teachers and support staff —as well as community college faculty and staff — are working this summer to raise funds for programs or supplies for back-to-school programs. Here’s a link to just one of the efforts of the Dunkirk Teachers Association. Here’s a link to just one of the efforts of the Jamestown Teachers Association. The other locals are so rural they don’t have local newspapers to provide links to.

It seems everywhere I go, I find myself buying a raffle ticket, buying cupcakes, candles or just writing out a check for some school program. I’m  happy to do it, but every time I’m reminded that this is no way to invest in our children’s future.

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  1. C August 10, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    Any idea when we are going to hear back from John King? I thought he was going to answer questions from the RA….still waiting…

    • Betsy Sandberg August 10, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

      Thanks for the reminder. There are so many conferences this summer!! Will try to get back to you.

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