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Citizens Action fighting education cuts

Citizen Action protests education cuts on steps of City Hall, Buffalo
WBFO News photo by Ashley Hassett
Citizen Action protests education cuts on steps of City Hall, Buffalo

By Ashley Hassett

Buffalo, NY – Members of Citizens Action converged on the steps of City Hall in Buffalo Thursday to shed light on the local impact of the state's $1.3 billion in education cuts.

Citizens Action said the budget cut eliminates teaching jobs, cuts music programs and after-school activities. They said the funding cuts effect a child's quality of education.

Citizens Action Advocate Ros Hampton said the budget cut does is affecting quality of education.

"We don't need to continue funding education cuts that are setting our children up for failure. We don't need another formula for failure. We need a formula for success," said Hampton.

Local Teachers say increased classroom sizes have made it difficult to address students personal needs.

Retired Buffalo Public School Teacher Eva Doyle said the state must stop cutting public schools funding.

"Children are the wealth of a nation and if we don't do anything to help our young people it is criminal to take anything away from our children. Our children need to be put at the top, and education needs to be a priority in this entire country<" said Doyle.

Local Teachers say budget cuts makes it difficult to afford needed textbooks for students.