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Funding education

School leaders discuss proposed figures, longer days

January 27, 2013

By SAMANTHA MCDONNELL OBSERVER Staff Writer With the proposed state budget released this week, local administrators at schools are reacting to the amount of state aid received by area districts....

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Christopher

Jan-27-13 9:03 AM

What a joke. Every single school district in the more rural areas is suffering due to the limited local tax base. The state is not only not making up that difference between rural and suburban schools, but continues to bury them in unfunded mandates. In all fairness, the federal government is as bad or worse relative to unfunded mandates, like the recent edict to provide equal or equivalent sports programs for disabled children. A nice idea, but expensive and once again, UNFUNDED!! We have a 2% tax cap, but no relief in mandates. It'll look good for 2016 when he tries to portray himself as a fiscal conservative. BS and more BS.

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wiseup

Jan-27-13 9:29 AM

early retirements, strong unions, too much pay for so little teaching done, falling grades and graduation rates, dumbing down classes, no discipline but the schools want more money? each year they play their games of going to end sports programs and lay off teachers only to bring them all back plus more. Noone attends school board meetings so they get away with what they want. It wont stop till we all get involved!

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PhilJulian

Jan-27-13 9:42 AM

New York State has massive revenue capability with both income and sales taxes. I think the state should accept complete responsibility for funding education and removing the burden from property owners. As for the Dunkirk district spending is out of control. when the superintendent was first appointed I gave him information on our unfair step system. In Dunkirk a teacher reaches the top pay step in only 16 years. Most other districts take 20-25 years. this system creates a huge and unnecessary expense for the district. In addition, spending per student in the city now exceeds $19,000 per year. I don't believe this excessive spending can be justified. In the final analysis it's time to have a serious discussion about merging with the Fredonia district and yes, it can be done.

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Christopher

Jan-27-13 10:28 AM

Steiner, you may have outdone yourself..."the colored"? Holy horsepeppers, your ignorance never ceases to amaze me, and your willingness to display it! LOL!!

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baseball

Jan-27-13 11:16 AM

Phil, nobody in Fredonia wants anything to do with the corrupt politics of Dunkirk! They have roughly the same size schools, yet how much bigger is Dunkirk's budget than Fredonia's????

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SmallTownSmallMind

Jan-27-13 11:32 AM

Steinerrhoid...."the coloreds?".....Wow! You better be careful old, angry, white dude, or you may be turning "colored" soon---black and blue :)

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Christopher

Jan-27-13 1:03 PM

Nobody in Fredonia wants anything to do with Dunkirk. I hate to break the news to you baseball, but most in Dunkirk want nothing to do with Fredonia either. Then there's the few among us who see the handwriting on the wall and would love to make a move before disaster strikes, and merge both communities. I was raised in Fredonia, and now live in Dunkirk. This just might amaze you baseball, and a lot of other Fredonian's, but I live by a LOT of really, really nice people, with decent homes, nice yards, holiday decorations and all that. You'd be amazed how well educated some of their kids are. I know, it doesn't fit the image, but it's true.

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Captain

Jan-27-13 4:07 PM

Don't take it personal, Christopher. Haven't you've noticed? baseball can never resist an opportunity to bash Dunkirk, Brocton, Silver Creek and just about every other place outside Fredonia....it must be an idyllic place.

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concerned

Jan-27-13 5:28 PM

Sadly paul the discription you give of your neighborhood would discribe most of the city in the 50's & 60's before urban renewal and low income housng now look at the blight spreading from neighborhood to neighborhood very sad.

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