Statewide School Finance Consortium report details inequities in state aid

EAST SYRACUSE – Representing more than half of New York State’s public school systems – including districts in Chenango County – the Statewide School Finance Consortium recently released an in-depth analysis focused on declining state support for public schools. The report also addresses the performance of the 20 state senators who represent the approximately 350 school districts that make up the SSFC’s membership.

According to financial expert and SSFC Executive Director Dr. Rick Timbs – a former educator, superintendent, athletic director, principal and union president – state aid formulas and members of the state senate are shortchanging public schools, their students and communities as a whole.

“At the end of the day, the conclusions we reached in our report cry out for one thing ... fairness,” stated Timbs in a recent SSFC press release. “Is it fair that children in New York will have significantly fewer educational opportunities only because they live in a less wealthy or poor community? Aren’t these all our children? Don’t they all deserve the same chance?”

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