Group to rally for state education aid

By Haley Burton

March 12, 2014 Updated Mar 12, 2014 at 5:40 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) People from the Southern Tier bused to Albany Wednesday, pushing for increased money for schools to be included in the state budget.

A group left from Binghamton to go to the Capitol for an education rally and parade.

About 1,000 people from across the state were expected to be there for Education Lobby day.

The group is pushing Governor Andrew Cuomo for an additional $1.9 billion dollars in education funding from the nearly $22 billion proposed.

"The current proposal that he has for the education budget is not sufficient. We need more money for our students," said Lawrence Parham, Citizen Action and AQE, "High need school districts like Binghamton and rural school districts like Whitney Point need adequate funding because every year they've had to make layoffs and budget cuts."

The State Legislature has to adopt a budget by April 1.

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