Too Much, Too Little, To Late

For more than a decade parents, students, teachers, and community activists have spoken up and out about the inequities, disparities, and lack of opportunities, within the district and the general apathy of the Board, Superintendents, and administration to address these issues.

For more than a decade stakeholders have presented the Board of Education with solutions to the problems that plague our district.

For more than a decade, the Board, Superintendents, and administration have ignored stakeholders in the community and instead followed the path of funding failure allowing the State Education Department to dictate the direction of our district.

Last night, for more than three hours parents, students, teachers, and community activists gathered at East High School to object to its closing and present solutions to its State mandated demise.

For more than a decade stakeholders have been ignored and last night was no exception.

This district has been in corrective action for more than a decade. Its schools have been closed, reopened, renamed, relocated, restructured, and reformed. We are still a district in corrective action.

With little more than a month to provide State Ed with what option they will take to address the three year failure of East, the Board came to the community for solutions that would bear no weight on the choice of State mandated options.

The proposed district budget for the 2014-15 school year is $782,391,056 to educate approximately 30,000 students. RCSD receives $9,594 for General Education students and $26,624 for Special Education students. According to NYSED, our expenditure per pupil is $19,485 putting us in a similar group with Buffalo, Syracuse, and Yonkers.

This district is reliant upon the failure of our children to support their ever growing budget that increases administration and diminishes services to our children. There is one administrator for every seven teachers while classrooms are crowded with twenty-five or more students per teacher.

Too much time has been spent with too little action taken when it is too late to effect the decisions that must be made.

Our children and teachers deserve educational leaders that care about them not money.

Join the Movement to Save Our Children!

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