A “daunting” situation for public schools as state lawmakers meet with education leaders

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State lawmakers met with Central New York superintendents and school board members Sunday morning to discuss the impact of what critics have called a potentially “daunting” budget outlook in future years. 

The governor’s proposed 3% increase in school funding is less than half of what the Board of Regents has recommended. 

“There’s a lot of expectations, new regulations, new mandates, contractual obligations, and so on,” Dr. Rick Timbs of the Statewide School Finance Consortium said. “They’re putting economic pressure against school districts. And we’re not seeing the state support.” 

Timbs said that might not mean any changes for schools in the next few years, but if costs keep rising and state aid can’t keep up, students could see a major impact. 

“The foundation of everyone’s life is school. And the more we invest in that foundation… The better we see the future for our children,” Timbs said. 

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