NY school marching band leads rally in Albany

By Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - The Cohoes High School marching band provided the soundtrack for a parade in Albany aimed at increasing state aid to schools.

Organizers of Tuesday's event say budget cuts threaten marching bands and other programs at schools throughout New York. Speakers called for adequate and equitable school funding.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget proposal contains a 4.4 percent increase in spending for education, but advocates say that's not enough to offset previous cuts or the state's new tax cap, which limits what districts can raise in their communities.

Ryan Carson, a student from Unatego High School, says students today have fewer electives and extracurricular activities than older siblings.

Among those participating in Tuesday's "Parade for Public Education" were the Alliance for Quality Education, Educate NY Now and New York State United Teachers.

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