Advocacy

Stand Up for Upstate Schools

School districts across New York State are experiencing economic difficulty due to the increase amount of expenditures and the significant decreases in revenue; mainly state aid.  This is especially true for Hartford.  As a small-rural school, the district relies on state aid for a large portion of the budget.  However, given the drastic reduction in state aid due to the "Gap Elimination Adjustment", Hartford has not received almost $4 million in aid since 2010.  The table below displays the money withheld from the district as a result of the GEA. 

Year

2010-2011

2011-

2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

Total Money Withheld

Money withheld

$780,316

$1,024,771

$903,271

$690,359

$521,963

$3,920,629

For more information:

  • Please visit http://youtu.be/gZHorOZPcBs to view a video with highlights from last week's Stand Up for Upstate Schools regional advocacy event. It is designed to be shared throughout our region. 

  • View a video created by Capital Region BOCES that clearly outlines the difficulties facing upstate schools: "Your Public Schools in Fiscal Peril".  Video 

  • From the StandUp4US Event, click the link to view the Presentation by Dr. Rick Timbs
Board of Education Resolutions Calling for Fiscal Equity
What Can I Do To Help:
  1. To join the campaign in helping to fix this situation, tweet the following message: “I'm here to #standup4upstate schools. Fix the funding formula, @NYGovCuomo.” 
  2. It is very important for our state representatives to hear our dissatisfaction with the GEA and how it is negatively affecting our students.  Please contact our representatives through email, Facebook, twitter, telephone calls, and letters asking for help in providing our students the best education possible.  Listed below are sample letters addressed to Senator Little, Governor Cuomo, Senator Skelos, Senator Klein, Senator Flanagan, and Assemblywoman Nolan. Please feel free to download, print, sign, and mail these letters directly.
In addition, this attachment provides the direct contact information for all our state and federal representatives.