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Senate Dems want $23B to stop school layoffs

April 16, 2010
By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer

New York senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer are co-sponsoring a bill that, if passed, would send $45 million to school districts in eight North Country counties to help prevent layoffs.

The state budget hasn't been passed yet, but steep cuts in school aid are likely. The Lake Placid, Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake school districts are all planning staff cuts, and 19,000 school layoffs are expected statewide.

The Keep Our Educators Working Act would create a $23 billion education jobs fund, and New York would get $1.4 billion. Franklin County schools would get $3.7 million, and Essex County schools would get $2.5 million. A breakdown of how much each school district would get wasn't immediately available Wednesday.

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
(Enterprise file photo)

Iowa Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, chairman of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, introduced the bill Wednesday.

Under state law, New York's school boards need to pass budgets by today, April 23, and voters will get to approve or reject these budgets on May 18.


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