Syracuse (N.Y.) Superintendent Speaks Out Against State Funds Competition

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Syracuse schools Superintendent Sharon Contreras today spoke out against a portion of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s school aid plan that requires districts to submit grants for funding.

Contreras said she is grateful that the governor has proposed spending $75 million statewide for full-day prekindergarten, longer school days and other programs, but said the money should be folded into regular school aid rather than held out as competitive grants.

“I am very grateful to the governor for offering these, although I must say that I believe that poor children should not have to compete for funding to offer them a sound, basic education,” she said at a meeting of the Say Yes to Education Community Advisory Group.

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