School Funding Crisis Brings Together Local Districts, Public
The financing of our schools has reached a crisis point. Onondaga County schools alone have lost $270 million since 2008.
The problem is too big for individuals to solve. That’s why Executive Director of C-N-Y School Boards Association Charles Borgognoni, wants the entire community to get involved.
“Not only does that curtail what you’re able to provide our children, with regard to their education programming, but it also is a hit on our local economy because those are hundreds and hundreds of people who received a paycheck every week, who were spending that paycheck in the community, buying homes.”
Reduced educational funding over the past 5 years has also led to larger class sizes, teacher layoffs and a loss of A-P courses.
The issue has led to a meeting between stakeholders from 33 districts tonight, and Borgognoni wants the public to come as well.
“We’ll certainly have many school board members there; we’ll have many school administrators there; I expect that we’ll have many teachers there. But we’re also looking for moms and dads, grandparents, members of PTA. We all really have a stake in the game when it comes to our public schools and the health of our public schools.”