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New School Year Begins with Funding Challenges

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – A new school year began Tuesday for students in many suburban districts. For Buffalo's 40,000 students, it's the last day of summer vacation as classes are scheduled to get underway Wednesday.

For all school districts, especially those in urban areas, the year begins with some funding challenges. For the first time in years, state aid to local school districts was reduced. Many districts had to raise property taxes while cutting back on programs and personnel.

Timothy Kremer is executive director of the New York State School Boards Association. Click the "listen" icon above to hear Mark Scott's interview with Kremer.