Local Impact

 Look Around: The crisis in funding public education is not only a concern for the Niagara Falls School District. Consider these facts:

Niagara –Wheatfield:
In May 2013, N-W came perilously close to scrapping its full day kindergarten after a serious budget fall resulting from unfunded mandates and, the biggest blow to its finances, the Gap Elimination Adjustment. This year, NW students themselves held rallies demanding the State increase funding.

Lewiston Porter: In 2013-2014, Lew-Port eliminated 43 positions despite a tax levy increase of almost 4 percent for residents. This year it is facing a reduction in aid of 1.67%. Said Superintendent Christopher Roser, “I’m speechless. It’s huge setback.”

Utica Schools laid off 95 people in March 2014, after having to slash $7million from the budget due to insufficient aid.