The Alliance for Quality Education (AQE), a group which recently released a report detailing a $7,804 per-pupil funding gap in the Rochester City School District (RCSD) compared to the wealthiest school districts in the state, will hold a march Thursday, March 3, in support of its call for $2.9 billion in increased education aid from the state.
The march, in collaboration with Metro Justice of Rochester, will begin at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School No. 9, 485 Clinton Ave., at 5 p.m, and end in Monroe Community College’s Damon Campus Lobby, 228 E. Main St.
According to AQE, districts across New York state are currently owed billions from the state, following a fiscal equity lawsuit the state settled in 2007, and a plateau in state aid which began in 2009, as well as education cuts the state made using a formula called the Gap Elimination Adjustment in 2010 and 2011.
“It’s about the money that New York state schools are owed,” Eamonn Scanlon, Metro Justice’s lead education organizer, stated. “But, it’s also really about celebrating the things that we can do with the money, and a call for action across Monroe County for additional education funding, and state aid.”
According to Scanlon, parents and students with Alliance for Quality Education, Citizen Action of New York, Metro Justice, Roc Coalition for PublicEd, and New York State United Teachers will participate in the march, and the event will culminate with members from the group speaking in support of the aid increase.
Organizations across the state have planned marches Thursday, as part of the national Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools’ statewide day of action.
Visit http://www.aqeny.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/No-appetite-to-educate_-stacking-the-deck-against-children-in-poverty-final-1.pdf to view AQE’s full report.