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Fight for Our Valley Schools Education Rally

By Cindy McNicholl

Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

March 6, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Location: Herkimer College Robert McLaughlin College Center 100 Reservoir Road in Herkimer

Phone: 315-867-2000

Email: backerman@herkimer-boces.org

Link: http://www.herkimer-boces.org

Event Description

Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES will sponsor a rally for education at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, at Herkimer College’s Robert McLaughlin College Center.

“Fight for Our Valley Schools” features guest speaker Dr. Rick Timbs, executive director of the Statewide School Finance Consortium, who will explain how the state’s current funding formula is depriving the area’s students of the high quality education they deserve.

“Herkimer BOCES is sponsoring this event to focus our residents’ attention on the simple fact that our schools are forced to make do with fewer resources than more affluent schools in New York state,” Herkimer BOCES District Superintendent Mark Vivacqua said. “Fewer resources translate into fewer opportunities for our valley’s children. Our kids deserve better.”

The core message: the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) has unfairly penalized our students.

Since the GEA’s inception in 2009-10, the state has withheld $43.7 million from the 10 component schools that make up Herkimer BOCES.
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