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Frankfort students, teachers and parents head to Albany to lobby for school aid

By HILARY LANE

FRANKFORT, N.Y. (WKTV) - Thirty students from the Frankfort-Schuyler School District boarded buses and headed to Albany on Wednesday morning.

The group is asking local legislators for increased funding for their struggling school district.

According to the Frankfort-Schuyler Teacher's Association, the district is short $828,000 for next year. Nine teaching jobs and one administrator position is on the chopping block as a result.

"We are increasing class sizes and we already lost 8% of the workforce last year, so we want to ensure and we want to make sure the legislators know these kids need a quality education and we need help," said Martha Oldfield, President of the Teacher's Association.

The students and staff are asking that the $250 million allocated for competitive grants from Governor Cuomo's office be redirected to schools in need.

The students traveling to Albany were chosen because of their good academic standing and leadership qualities. This trip not only serves as a lobbying opportunity, but also a chance to teach students about the way government functions.

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