There is generational poverty and mental health issues that have gone undiagnosed and untreated. We are trying to break that cycle, but we can’t meet the needs.
A shortage of state funding means the district can offer only one social worker for every 2,000 students and only eight guidance counselors districtwide.
Hard times have hit Rochester. Massive financial constraints have led to deep midyear layoffs that have decimated the district and harmed students.
Students' emotional needs are greater. There’s more depression, more anxiety. Students are missing more days of school. The students need support.
There are libraries, but no librarians. There are over-crowded classrooms with water damage and students who won't have proper opportunities.
The atmosphere belies the fact that IS181 is owed $925,000 in state Foundation Aid this year, nearly 10 percent of its budget. The shortfall takes a heavy toll.
You might think a populous and prosperous town like White Plains would be immune to the effects of lacking foundation aid. You'd be wrong.
The district is owed over $8 million in state aid. At Bradt Primary School that means fewer teachers and support staff, even as student needs grow.
School districts all over New York State are affected by lack of funding. We need to hear how your district, your children are being impacted on a daily basis — and over the long term — by the state's continued inadequate education funding.
Tell us your story today.