Restore Public Education Funding in New York State
Since the beginning of the "Great Recession" school districts in Erie County have had more than $2.1 billion in State aid withheld, and schools across the state have lost about $51 billion ($9.5B - GEA and $41.4B - Foundation Aid), resulting in significant cuts in programs and staff.
Tonawanda City Schools alone has experienced a GEA loss of $13,129,038 and an additional $13,775,731 in Foundation Aid for a total of $26,904,769.*
With that background, as supporters of education in Western New York, we call on you to invest in our children's future and restore public education funding in New York State. Change doesn’t happen by accident. Only by communicating effectively with our decision makers can we address the funding deficiencies in New York’s public education system.
How can you help?
1.Take action today and sign the petition.
Share the link to this petition with your friends, families, colleagues and constituencies. Email it, share it on Facebook, Tweet about it - spread the word!
2. Write your state senator and legislator. Ask them to address these issues. Use the Letters to Elected Officials below.
3. Call your lawmakers. Learn about the process and find sample talking points here.
4. Learn more! Visit www.investintheirfuture.org.
There are four primary issues that create a perfect storm of financial distress in New York’s public education system:
InvestInTheirFuture.org explains these issues in detail.
Letters to Elected Officials
Please consider sending a letter to your representatives to ask for relief. Sample letters are below.