Rallying for more money for schools

By Haley Burton
By Casey Killian

Rallying for more money for schools

January 14, 2014 Updated Jan 15, 2014 at 11:25 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A week before Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget presentation, parents and students from the Southern Tier headed to Albany to rally for more education funding.

Dozens boarded a bus Tuesday morning behind the CVS Pharmacy in downtown Binghamton to go to Albany.

Both parents and students from the Binghamton City and Whitney Point school districts made the trip, as well as and members of Citizen Action and Alliance for Quality Education.

The group joined nearly 1,000 other people from across the state that was rallying for $1.9 billion in new school aid.

"The fact is that you have such a disproportional distribution of funds when it comes to education," said Lawrence Parha, AQE Member, "Some schools that are producing students that college ready and other schools that are not. It has to do with the quality of curriculum, how many resources do schools have. If you don't have the funds, you can't get those resources."

Parhan said there is a large fiscal gap between school districts in the state.

"We almost got a billion dollars last year and it wasn't enough. We need more money. We need more money for our students to improve the quality of education in the state, particularly the Southern Tier," he said.

The groups wanted to get their voices heard before the Governor presents his budget on Jan. 21.

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