UTICA, N.Y. – Parents, students and community groups gathered at Utica City Hall Tuesday to call on the state legislature to fully fund public schools in 2020.
Across the state, parents and educators came together to demand the $4 billion needed to close the gap between wealthy and low-income school districts.
Groups like Citizen Action of New York and Alliance for Quality Education joined representatives, parents and students from the Rome and Utica school districts at the rally.
Students in low-income areas want an equal opportunity to succeed, including tools needed to thrive in in their classes.
"They assign homework and we don't have the right calculator at home, or they assign work out of a textbook, yet we can't take our textbooks home. There shouldn't be a reason that we can't do what we need to do," said Naysha Galvez, a senior at Proctor High School.
The group says that, according to the state Education Department, Utica schools are owed $44.8 million in funding and Rome schools are owed $12.7 million.