About 100 attend Call to Action rally
About 100 people from around the area attended
a Call to Action rally on school funding inequities on Monday, March
18, in the Canajoharie High School auditorium.
Hosted by the “Our Students Matter Too!”
advocacy group, the event included information about the unequal
distribution of school aid in New York State, and how residents
canSchool funding rally advocate for schools.
Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk could not attend but sent
a letter that detailed how much money schools in New York State have
lost since 2010. It also asked for a reallocation of grant money
that would go toward fixing the Gap Elimination Adjustment.
After an introduction by Canajoharie
Superintendent Deborah Grimshaw, a student from Canajoharie read the
speech, "Educate Me," written by Elizabeth Ruddy, a senior who
graduated from Madrid-Waddington High School in northern New York.
"Our country is based on the principle of
equal rights for all, so I don’t think it’s too much to ask for
equality in educational funding," the student read. "It isn’t fair
that the size of my graduating class should have an impact on the
opportunities available to me."
Mrs. Grimshaw went on to tell the audience
that the funding formula for school aid in New York state is broken
and, as a community, they can take three steps to help, which
include: Become informed about schools and issues in the Mohawk
Valley region; Make a contact with a local legislator and write a
letter; and Get involved.
Fort Plain Central School District
Superintendent Douglas Burton said that in poor districts such as
his, the district has a limited capacity to raise money through
taxes and is more dependent on state aid.
"We need everyone to realize the problem," he
said. "Don't keep making us chip away so that our students don't