Support Our School: S.O.S.

Created in support of the students, faculty, staff and administration of the Wilson Central School District in Wilson, NY

For Governor Cuomo:

Dear Governor Cuomo,

In September 2011, school leaders gathered for the Save Our Schools Rally in Pavilion, NY. Data was presented which showed the gross inequities in state aid between rural and city school districts. I support this grassroots advocacy campaign, which is calling upon you and your administration to revise your State Aid funding formula immediately.  

Rural school districts are one of the success stories in public education. In general, we have lower cost-per-pupil expenditures and better cohort graduation rates (as high as 80%) than city schools, despite often dealing with poverty rates of 90% and higher.  Meanwhile, some city schools have reported cohort graduation rates as low as 40%. Rural schools have proven to be efficient and effective, yet you are threatening to force us into consolidating and becoming larger bureaucracies.

A popular notion driven by Albany is that consolidating rural schools across the state is the answer to our fiscal problems. The Duncombe Study (out of Syracuse), which researched the savings possible through consolidation, is clear on its findings:  New York State will not see significant costs savings through consolidation, in the long-term. The reason is because newly combined school districts would receive an incentive, or 'consolidation aid' for only the first ten years. After that, however, aid will be cut off and districts will experience a severe cut in funding, yet again. Consolidation is a temporary answer with detrimental long-term effects. 

Dear Governor Cuomo,

In September 2011, school leaders gathered for the Save Our Schools Rally in Pavilion, NY. Data was presented which showed the gross inequities in state aid between rural and city school districts. I support this grassroots advocacy campaign, which is calling upon you and your administration to revise your State Aid funding formula immediately.  

Rural school districts are one of the success stories in public education. In general, we have lower cost-per-pupil expenditures and better cohort graduation rates (as high as 80%) than city schools, despite often dealing with poverty rates of 90% and higher.  Meanwhile, some city schools have reported cohort graduation rates as low as 40%. Rural schools have proven to be efficient and effective, yet you are threatening to force us into consolidating and becoming larger bureaucracies.

A popular notion driven by Albany is that consolidating rural schools across the state is the answer to our fiscal problems. The Duncombe Study (out of Syracuse), which researched the savings possible through consolidation, is clear on its findings:  New York State will not see significant costs savings through consolidation, in the long-term. The reason is because newly combined school districts would receive an incentive, or 'consolidation aid' for only the first ten years. After that, however, aid will be cut off and districts will experience a severe cut in funding, yet again. Consolidation is a temporary answer with detrimental long-term effects.

By deliberately withholding revenue, your administration is targeting rural schools and moving to destroy one of the areas of public education that has proven to be successful. As the leader of our state, you are bound to represent us fairly, and acknowledge the glaring inequity in State Aid funding formulas. This is a problem that deserves an answer immediately. Supporters of rural school districts throughout New York State have begun to advocate with organization and fervor, and we won't stop until we see significant changes in Albany.Dear Governor Cuomo,

In September 2011, school leaders gathered for the Save Our Schools Rally in Pavilion, NY. Data was presented which showed the gross inequities in state aid between rural and city school districts. I support this grassroots advocacy campaign, which is calling upon you and your administration to revise your State Aid funding formula immediately.  

Rural school districts are one of the success stories in public education. In general, we have lower cost-per-pupil expenditures and better cohort graduation rates (as high as 80%) than city schools, despite often dealing with poverty rates of 90% and higher.  Meanwhile, some city schools have reported cohort graduation rates as low as 40%. Rural schools have proven to be efficient and effective, yet you are threatening to force us into consolidating and becoming larger bureaucracies.

A popular notion driven by Albany is that consolidating rural schools across the state is the answer to our fiscal problems. The Duncombe Study (out of Syracuse), which researched the savings possible through consolidation, is clear on its findings:  New York State will not see significant costs savings through consolidation, in the long-term. The reason is because newly combined school districts would receive an incentive, or 'consolidation aid' for only the first ten years. After that, however, aid will be cut off and districts will experience a severe cut in funding, yet again. Consolidation is a temporary answer with detrimental long-term effects.

By deliberately withholding revenue, your administration is targeting rural schools and moving to destroy one of the areas of public education that has proven to be successful. As the leader of our state, you are bound to represent us fairly, and acknowledge the glaring inequity in State Aid funding formulas. This is a problem that deserves an answer immediately. Supporters of rural school districts throughout New York State have begun to advocate with organization and fervor, and we won't stop until we see significant changes in Albany.
Dear Governor Cuomo,

In September 2011, school leaders gathered for the Save Our Schools Rally in Pavilion, NY. Data was presented which showed the gross inequities in state aid between rural and city school districts. I support this grassroots advocacy campaign, which is calling upon you and your administration to revise your State Aid funding formula immediately.  

Rural school districts are one of the success stories in public education. In general, we have lower cost-per-pupil expenditures and better cohort graduation rates (as high as 80%) than city schools, despite often dealing with poverty rates of 90% and higher.  Meanwhile, some city schools have reported cohort graduation rates as low as 40%. Rural schools have proven to be efficient and effective, yet you are threatening to force us into consolidating and becoming larger bureaucracies.

A popular notion driven by Albany is that consolidating rural schools across the state is the answer to our fiscal problems. The Duncombe Study (out of Syracuse), which researched the savings possible through consolidation, is clear on its findings:  New York State will not see significant costs savings through consolidation, in the long-term. The reason is because newly combined school districts would receive an incentive, or 'consolidation aid' for only the first ten years. After that, however, aid will be cut off and districts will experience a severe cut in funding, yet again. Consolidation is a temporary answer with detrimental long-term effects.

By deliberately withholding revenue, your administration is targeting rural schools and moving to destroy one of the areas of public education that has proven to be successful. As the leader of our state, you are bound to represent us fairly, and acknowledge the glaring inequity in State Aid funding formulas. This is a problem that deserves an answer immediately. Supporters of rural school districts throughout New York State have begun to advocate with organization and fervor, and we won't stop until we see significant changes in Albany. 

Sincerely, 

For Senator Maziarz:

Dear Senator Maziarz, 

In September 2011, school leaders gathered for the Save Our Schools Rally in Pavilion, NY. Data was presented which showed the gross inequities in state aid between rural and city school districts. This grassroots advocacy campaign deserves your prompt attention and support.

Rural school districts are one of the success stories in public education. In general, we have lower cost-per-pupil expenditures and better cohort graduation rates (as high as 80%) than city schools, despite often dealing with poverty rates of 90% and higher.  Meanwhile, some city schools have reported cohort graduation rates as low as 40%. Rural schools have proven to be efficient and effective, yet you are threatening to force us into consolidating and becoming larger bureaucracies. 

A popular notion driven by Albany is that consolidating rural schools across the state is the answer to our fiscal problems. In the long-term, New York State will not see significant costs savings through consolidation because newly combined school districts would receive an incentive, or 'consolidation aid' for only the first ten years. After that, however, aid will be cut off and districts will experience a severe cut in funding, yet again. Consolidation is a temporary answer with detrimental long-term effects. 

By deliberately withholding revenue, NYS is targeting rural schools and moving to destroy one of the areas of public education that has proven to be successful. As our local representative in state government, you are our instrument of change. We are calling for Albany to revise its state aid funding formula and make it equitable to rural schools, immediately. 

Sincerely,


Rural school districts are one of the success stories in public education. In general, we have lower cost-per-pupil expenditures and better cohort graduation rates (as high as 80%) than city schools, despite often dealing with poverty rates of 90% and higher.  Meanwhile, some city schools have reported cohort graduation rates as low as 40%. Rural schools have proven to be efficient and effective, yet you are threatening to force us into consolidating and becoming larger bureaucracies.

A popular notion driven by Albany is that consolidating rural schools across the state is the answer to our fiscal problems. In the long-term, New York State will not see significant costs savings through consolidation because newly combined school districts would receive an incentive, or 'consolidation aid' for only the first ten years. After that, however, aid will be cut off and districts will experience a severe cut in funding, yet again. Consolidation is a temporary answer with detrimental long-term effects. 

By deliberately withholding revenue, NYS is targeting rural schools and moving to destroy one of the areas of public education that has proven to be successful. As our local representative in state government, you are our instrument of change. We are calling for Albany to revise its state aid funding formula and make it equitable to rural schools, immediately.

For Congresswoman Slaughter:

Dear Congresswoman Slaughter,

Thank you for co-sponsoring the ACE Act, which is demanding an equitable formula for Title I funding at the federal level. I'm writing to request that you pursue similar changes at the state level in New York. School leaders gathered for the Save Our Schools Rally in Pavilion, NY, in September 2011. Data was presented which showed the gross inequities in state aid between rural and city school districts. This grassroots advocacy campaign deserves your prompt attention and support.

Rural school districts are one of the success stories in public education. In general, we have lower cost-per-pupil expenditures and better cohort graduation rates (as high as 80%), than city schools, despite often dealing with poverty rates of 90% or higher. Meanwhile, some city schools have reported cohort graduation rates as low as 40%. Rural schools have proven to be efficient and effective, yet NYS is threatening to force us into consolidating and becoming larger bureaucracies.

By deliberately withholding revenue, NYS is targeting rural schools and moving to destroy one of the areas of public education that has proven to be successful. As our local representative in state government, you are our instrument of change. We are calling for Albany to revise its state aid funding formula and make it equitable to rural schools, immediately. 

Sincerely, 

For Regent Robert M. Bennett:

Dear Regent Bennett,

In September 2011, school leaders gathered for the Save Our Schools Rally in Pavilion, NY. Data was presented which showed the gross inequities in state aid between rural and city school districts. This grassroots advocacy campaign deserves your prompt attention and support.

 

Rural school districts are one of the success stories in public education. In general, we have lower cost-per-pupil expenditures and better cohort graduation rates (as high as 80%) than city schools, despite often dealing with poverty rates of 90% and higher.  Meanwhile, some city schools have reported cohort graduation rates as low as 40%. Rural schools have proven to be efficient and effective, yet you are threatening to force us into consolidating and becoming larger bureaucracies. 

 

A popular notion driven by Albany is that consolidating rural schools across the state is the answer to our fiscal problems. In the long-term, New York State will not see significant costs savings through consolidation because newly combined school districts would receive an incentive, or 'consolidation aid' for only the first ten years. After that, however, aid will be cut off and districts will experience a severe cut in funding, yet again. Consolidation is a temporary answer with detrimental long-term effects. 

 

By deliberately withholding revenue, NYS is targeting rural schools and moving to destroy one of the areas of public education that has proven to be successful. As our local representative on the NYS Board of Regents and former Chancellor, you are extremely influential and capable of facilitating swift changes. We are calling for Albany to revise its state aid funding formula and make it equitable to rural schools, immediately. 

 

Sincerely,

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