"These potential savings will not come close to compensating for the levels of state aid reductions previously proposed by the governor; however, implementing these cost cutting measures is a responsible way to further enhance our cost-effectiveness and accountability without eliminating programs or staff or seriously compromising the education of our children," McGuire said.
Paterson's recent mid-year proposal included cutting spending in education growth from a planned 9 percent increase, to a 5 percent increase and would have allowed most schools to receive some funding increase compared to last year, according to a written statement from his office.
However, the state Legislature did not take action at a meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 18, to cut school funding mid-year.
"I know that the months and years ahead will be difficult. But I look forward to your help and cooperation in addressing our state's fiscal crisis. I know that together we can weather this storm and help get New York's fiscal house in order," Paterson's letter read.""