May 21 matters, as does June 8

There are only three weeks to go before voters will cast their ballots on their school budgets in all districts except Buffalo, New York City, Rochester, Syracuse and Yonkers. The next issue of NYSUT United features an article reporting that most school budgets increase class sizes, cut programs and close buildings so they can stay […]

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June 19 matters

For the 24 school districts across the state whose budgets did not pass, the next three weeks are crucial. June 19 is the last chance to ask voters to approve an increase. Or they can adopt a 0 percent tax levy increase which does not need voter approval at any point. In most cases, that […]

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Make time to vote today

Today is the chance for most of us across the state to vote on local school budgets. Many of these budgets cut academic and athletic programs, increase class sizes and include a number of sacrifices from teachers and staffs. So yes, many employee unions are holding their noses as they urge people to vote “yes” […]

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Taxing Tuesday: Cap under 0? Now what?

That’s the question at least 12 school districts are asking as they prepare school budgets for the May 15 vote. Especially considering that the tax cap was highly touted as a way to provide relief for taxpayers, yet still provide an opportunity for those districts that want to exceed it to do so. You’ll find […]

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