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Rallying for a fair share of state aid

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Rallying for a fair share of state aid
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UTICA, N.Y. -- Dozens of people rallied for the Utica City School District Tuesday morning.

Demonstrators are demanding a fair share of state aid for the district.

Governor Cuomo's proposed education budget includes a $608 million increase.

But this falls short of the $1.9 billion additional dollars school officials say they were expecting.

Utica leaders say they have been shortchanged for years, and are expecting to make nearly 100 more cuts.

Classroom sizes could reach more than 30 students.

"You have students who are literally having to do fundraising in order to have the chemicals they need to do chemistry experiments. Teachers are photocopying textbooks. So there's a huge need here in Utica, money matters and we need the legislature to step up to the plate and do the right thing for the students," said Billy Easton, Alliance for Quality Education Director.

Leaders of the Alliance for Quality Education encourage concerned parents and community members to talk to their local government representatives. There will also be a rally in Albany on March 12.

Fifteen hundred people are expected to attend.

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