Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today criticized Gov. Cuomo’s new Upstate Distressed Schools Fund for pitting school districts against each other and forcing unnecessary competition instead of distributing funding evenly among upstate schools. The newly- announced fund will focus primarily on alleviating the financial woes of the City of Yonkers.
“It is insulting to upstate teachers, students, parents and administrators to announce a fund to help upstate school districts but direct the most funding to the City of Yonkers,” McLaughlin said. “I am not surprised at Gov. Cuomo’s fascination with New York City because that’s where most of his votes come from. He needs to realize that things such as the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) and Common Core are still hurting the millions of students and teachers not living in New York City. Pitting school districts against each other and throwing money at an issue to cover up his administration’s incompetence is not going to fix New York’s education system. Gov. Cuomo and Assembly Democrats reinforced over-testing of our children and budget shortfalls caused by the continuation of the GEA during this year’s budget negotiations. Upstate schools are still struggling and this is an absolutely misguided and politically-motivated approach.”
Assemblyman McLaughlin represents the 107th district, which consists of parts of Rensselaer, Columbia and Washington counties. For more information,
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