Klein Decries Pataki Cuts To Westchester And Bronx Schools

 

ALBANY, NY—In response to Governor Pataki’s proposed funding cuts to Westchester County and New York City schools in his FY2006-2007 Executive Budget, State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Westchester/Bronx) issued the following statement:

“The schoolchildren of New York deserve better than Governor Pataki’s anemic school aid proposal. Our teachers, parents and students are working harder than ever to bring up test scores and prepare our children for a bright future and the state must remain a dedicated financial partner in this effort. As budget talks progress in the coming weeks, I will fight vigorously to help restore Governor Pataki’s ill-advised and irresponsible cuts and secure the education funding our children need to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century.”

Under the Governor’s proposed budget, New York City public schools would see an increase of just 1.91%, less than half the rate of inflation. In Westchester County, public school districts in Pelham, Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe would all see decreases in their state aid, while Mt. Vernon, Yonkers and New Rochelle would see only modest increases that do not keep up with the rate of inflation and do little to help balance those districts’ large budgets.