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Community members to attend rally in Albany

December 4, 2012
By LEVI PASCHER , The Leader Herald

BROADALBIN - Students, faculty, staff and community members from Broadalbin-Perth will join school districts from across the state for the Educate NY Now Bus Tour and Rally on Wednesday in Albany.

According to a news release, the purpose of the rally is to help frame the debate around school funding as state leaders begin developing New York's 2013-14 budget.

B-P buses will depart from the high school at 2 p.m., after classes are dismissed for the day, and arrive at the New York State Museum at 3:30. The rally participants will march across the Empire State Plaza to the State Capitol, where they will hear speeches from event organizers, students, parents and school leaders. The rally will conclude by 5 p.m. and buses are scheduled to arrive back at Broadalbin-Perth High School by 6:30 p.m. Educate NY Now and its parent organization, the Alliance for Quality Education, is reimbursing the district for all costs related to the trip, the release said.

To close funding gaps in recent years, the release said, the school district has phased out the French program, while also eliminating several business classes and funding for the JV sports program.

"If legislators don't address the inequities in the state aid formula, the out-of-control pension and health-care costs, and enact real mandate relief, then every school district in New York state, including Broadalbin-Perth, will be in danger of losing their non-mandated programs, such as art, music, sports, electives and kindergarten," Broadalbin-Perth Superintendent Stephen Tomlinson said in the release. "No child should be denied a quality education just because our politicians are unwilling to act."

Students in 11th or 12th grade at Broadalbin-Perth, as well as district faculty and staff, can sign up to participate in the rally with Participation in Government teacher Chris Kotraba.

Community members interested in joining can reserve seats on the bus by contacting district communications specialist Michele Kelley at 954-2640 or



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