Utica students voice funding concerns to Governor's office

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Students from Proctor High School are hoping to promote change in Albany, and on Wednesday, they took steps to have their voices heard.

The students boarded a bus and took a trip to the state capital to deliver over 10,000 letters to Governor Cuomo's office, to demand a fair share of state aid.

Students held signs in protest asking for more funding for essential public school resources such as for school computer science labs.

In the past 4 years, the Utica School District has had to lay off over 400 employees due to budget issues, and school districts all across the state are asking the Governor to put $1.9 billion in the budget as opposed to his proposed $600 million.

"Our school is in desperate need of state funding here," said Utica student, Trinh Truong. "We don't have a tax base that can support the cost of the school system and thus we rely largely on state aid to make up the difference."

According to Utica School officials, 94 more positions will need to be cut if more state aid isn't received.

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