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MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- It's a movement that attracted 30 school districts across five counties in the Hudson Valley. Hundreds gathered in Middletown to address the growing issue of education aid cuts.
School districts from Orange, Rockland, Putnam, Dutchess, Sullivan and Ulster counties were represented at a rally focused on sending a message to Albany lawmakers.
Organizers say this rally was an effort to educate parents and community members so they could encourage state legislators to change the current system.
"What's happened in the last 10 years with bases that haven't been moved, not having a formula that anyone really understands or follows. So it's an opportunity to educate our community to bring people together before our legislators get to Albany. So they're carrying the message back up that it's time to do something and do it now," said Dr. Raymond Bryant, Warwick Valley CSD Superintendent.
"This is very important. What we need is parents, stakeholders, taxpayers and residents to understand what's happening to the financing in school districts. How they're doing without the financing that they really need to prosper and to really help these children achieve," said Dr. Rick Timbs, Statewide School Finance Consortium Executive Director.
There's a follow up meeting to this first one scheduled in November.
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