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Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy frequently says his job would be so much easier if people would just pay their taxes. Now school Superintendent Laurence Spring has taken up a similar battle cry with the state: Give us the education aid we’re due and see how much better we can be. Both leaders are right, of course, but both are fighting uphill battles. Give Spring credit, though, for taking his fight to the right place: the ...

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January 31, 2013
8:10 a.m.

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Spring needs to get down to budgeting with what he is currently receiving. "Down the road" does not help current City homeowners struggling to pay exploding City and School taxes/fees. If Spring went to all K-8 neighborhood schools he could save millions in busing costs.

February 1, 2013
12:28 p.m.

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Read the article again. The SCSD is woefully underfunded by the State, compared to other districts in the area. If it receives the money it's due, or, more realistically for now, additional funds necessary to provide the programs its students need and deserve, its very qualified teachers would be able to help more students reach their potential.
He also says the money would be used to help lower the tax rate.
Interim Supt. Yagielski pointed out many times that if schools are not large enough, the K-8 model is not financially efficient, nor does it benefit the students. The best programming cannot be provided for small schools.
Right now few other students than those in the Magnet Schools and some at MPMS are bussed.
Supt. Spring is trying to equalize the playing field for his {our)students. For that he should be applauded.