Public schools react to Gov. Cuomo's budget

By Perry Russom

January 22, 2014 Updated Jan 23, 2014 at 12:25 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Local public school advocates say the governor's proposed budget falls short of what the students deserve.

Gov. Cuomo is proposing to increase education aid by 3.8 percent. That would provide nearly $22 billion to school districts in the state.

Binghamton High School's Principal Roxie Oberg said schools in her district will end up losing money.

"The continued financial inequities undermine our abilities to provide a quality education for all students and that is our desire," said Oberg.

She said since 2007, the Binghamton School District has lost $20 million.

"This continued underfunding of our district, as in any small city school district, cannot be made up in property taxes, cannot be made up in grants that cannot be sustained year to year," said Oberg.

Public school advocates said the Southern Tier has unique education needs and they want them to be met.

They're asking the governor and legislators to increase the amount of money headed toward education aid.

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