Spitzer blasted over planned cut in teacher-sex investigators

Senate Education Committee Chairman Stephen Saland says the Spitzer administration has declared open

The chairman of the state Senate’s Education Committee says the Spitzer administration has declared open season on children because it cut $500,000 in funding for investigators who handle teacher sex cases involving students.

Stephen Saland, R-Poughkeepsie, said he will fight to restore the funding.

State Education Commissioner Richard Mills says he agrees with Saland that the funding must be restored to attack a backlog of hundreds of allegations. Mills said the cut proposed in Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s budget may be a misunderstanding.

Saland said that if that’s true, the bureaucrat responsible should be fired.

Both men spoke during a budget hearing today. There was no immediate comment from the Spitzer administration.

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