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Rumore, Teachers Unions Seek More School Aid

By Eileen Buckley

Albany, NY – Buffalo Teachers Federation president Phil Rumore testified Monday in Albany at a hearing on Governor Pataki's proposed 2005-2006 education budget.

Rumore appeared with the president of the National Education Association before the Senate Finance and the Assembly Ways and Means Committees. The leaders called for closing the funding gap, increased revenues and a moratorium on charter schools.

Rumore says he told state leaders the charters are taking away money from Buffalo's school district.

"This year we will be siphoning $50 to $60 million of money away from Buffalo Public school students," Rumore said. "That is immoral, an outrage and unacceptable that poor students in Buffalo, who are among the poorest in New York State, should sit in oversized classes."

Rumore says Buffalo schools have a $15 million shortfall and remain behind other city school districts in the state when it comes to per pupil expenditures.