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Push coming to shove over school aid

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In case you hadn’t noticed, there’s a showdown looming between public school educators and their constituents on one side, and overburdened New York taxpayers on the other: a nasty showdown over — what else? — money. After two years of having to comply with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2 percent property tax cap — which, as many taxpayers know often is higher — education bureaucrats are chomping at the bit. Even relatively wealthy ones like Niskayuna, ...

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February 14, 2013
7:23 a.m.

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NY the highest paid districts in the country and the worse graduation rate, so again the Gazette is wrong, the Headline should have read "YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY THE UNIONS FOR".

February 14, 2013
3:13 p.m.

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Niskayuna has the #1 school district in the area as ranked by Capital District Business Review. I believe Niskayuna has faced 4 straight years of state aid decreases as opposed to what the article said - "modest decreases." Why do suburban schools do so well compared to some city schools? Is that the Union's fault too?

February 15, 2013
8:25 a.m.

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Poverty is why Schenectady schools don't do well. I think Schdy and Nisky should collaborate and run a Grand National Experiment - combine a rich district with a poor district- bus 1/2 of the rich kids to Schdy High, bus 1/2 of poor kids to Nisky-
See how fast both schools would improve, and see how fast Schenectady turns into an urban city people will want to flock to. We need to stop the huge economic and social divide.

February 16, 2013
9:50 a.m.

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Money will not and can not improve kids education. Another fallacy driven leftwing philosophy. Most of the money they continue to pilfer from homeowners simply goes into teachers pockets or into synthetic fields for football. The real problem is the cultural changes inflicted on society by the left and the media in this country. The home environment has been destroyed by both. There no longer exists a home and family structure conducive to learning. No respect for authority in or out of school. All the money in the world can not fix that now. Once the left told little Johnny he had rights the parents authority ended. Hillary's "it takes a village" really just meant the collective left needs to continue indoctrination not education. Teachers should not get one dime more until they focus on real education and drop the left wing cultural brain washing.