Spitzer blasted over planned cut in teacher-sex investigators

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