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Students, Teachers Ask Lawmakers for More Money


By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – About 250 Buffalo school students, their parents and teachers traveled to Albany Tuesday for Education Advocacy Day. The event is sponsored by the Alliance for Quality Education.

Western New York Coordinator Joanne Cole says the Buffalo contingent was scheduled to meet with their legislators, seeking more state funding.

"We're looking at a $42 million dollar deficit for Buffalo schools this September," Cole said. "We can't afford to lay off any more teachers. We're asking our legislators to come together as a delegation and vote appropriately so that we can have a fair school aid funding formula that benefits every student in New York State."

Cole says the state is moving backwards when it comes to education. She said some districts, including Buffalo's, are being forced to lay off qualified teachers.