Parents, students and educators made their voices heard as they reacted to the state education budget. AQE, or the Alliance for Quality Education, organized the rally. Our Lori Chung has more.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Parents, students and educators rallied in reaction to the state education budget.
AQE, or the Alliance for Quality Education, organized the rally at the state Capitol. Education leaders say the agreed on state budget is a partial victory for education, but say it is still not enough to prevent sweeping cuts at districts all throughout the state.
The Alliance joined with a group of educators to urge state leaders to help stop cuts. Of the agreed upon $132 billion budget, about $20 billion is allocated to state aid for education. This is a $800 million increase from last year. But education leaders say they are still facing cuts because of a two percent tax cap and massive cuts in education spending the year before.
"We are thankful we had some important successes in this budget but we are calling on both houses of the legislature and the governor to pay close attention to what actually happens in our school budgets in the next two months," said AQE Executive Director Billy Easton.
"Cohoes city schools continues to look at 35 more layoffs this year after 25 last year and 11 the year before that," Cohoes Superintendent Robert Libby said.
The budget for the 2012-2013 year is set in place, but education advocates want state leaders and the governor to look to the future to come up with a more equitable system they say would increase spending in education.