Poughkeepsie, NY: Terry Gipson, Candidate for NY State Senate, District 41, is joining with parents and education advocates today at 3:00PM at the Poughkeepsie High School. Advocates are marching to Albany to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE). Their aim is to pressure State Senators and Governor Cuomo to give local schools the $4 billion dollars in funding they are owed, based on the 2006 CFE court ruling. Senator Serino has chosen not to participate.
“I am joining marchers from across the state to demand that New York State provides the $55 million that is still owed to our schools in Dutchess County and Putnam County,” said Terry Gipson, Candidate for NY State Senate, District 41. “My opponent has chosen not to participate, and continues to claim that there are no funding issues in our schools. The reality is that our schools and local taxpayers are hurting. My opponent is not fighting for the $55 million our district is legally owed. Instead, Sue Serino has supported giving more of our taxpayer money to NYC charter schools, while misleading voters about the funding crisis in our public education system.”
Ten years ago, the NY State Court of Appeals ruled that New York State was systematically underfunding many school districts across the State, and that districts were owed significant funds in order to ensure that all students could receive a quality education. However, New York State is still not fulfilling its obligations under the ruling. Schools in Senate District 41 are currently owed $55 million in State Aid under the CFE ruling. (For more information, visit: http://www.aqeny.org/campaigns/campaign-for-fiscal-equity/)
Today’s event is open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to attend to show their support for public education.