Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,I,C-Batavia) today called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to rescind inequitable cuts to education funding that unfairly burden Western New York’s children. In a letter to the governor, Assemblyman Hawley detailed the ways that the budget proposal favors Downstate students at the expense of those Upstate. “There should be no barrier when it comes to the education of our children,” said Hawley. “Upstate pupils are slated to receive substantially deeper cuts per pupil than those Downstate; an average of $800 more. I am sure you would agree that each and every child in New York State should receive an equal education.” Below: Assemblyman Hawley’s Letter To The Governor About The Executive Budget’s Inequitable Cuts To Education Funding.
March 3, 2011 Honorable Andrew Cuomo
Albany, NY 12222 Dear Governor Cuomo: I would like to take this opportunity to share my constituents’ concerns over cuts to education in this year’s Executive Budget. The proposed cuts to education show an inequity to rural and non-wealthy school districts which I represent. I believe each child should have the same opportunities regardless of their family’s geographic location. As you know, education is critical to the success for all children. Please reconsider these unparalleled and inequitable education cuts per pupil. There should be no barrier when it comes to the education of our children. Upstate students are slated to receive substantially deeper cuts per pupil than those Downstate, on average of $800 more. I am sure you would agree that each and every child in New York State should receive an equal education. On behalf of all students who reside in Upstate New York, I urge you to reconsider the inequitable cuts to education and then, hopefully, rural students will not be penalized for the area in which they live. Sincerely,
Member of Assembly