BC educators rally against state cuts

He suggested the state continue the "millionaire's tax" instead of letting it expire at the end of the year and investigate other, income-based taxes.

Teachers added their signatures to a letter to Cuomo at the conclusion of the rally.

"The one thing educational experts agree on is that smaller class size promotes learning. Any progress gained over the past ten years to reduce class sizes has been lost in just one state budget," the letter reads in part.

NYSUT and the Alliance for Quality Education have held about 30 such rallies since July and will continue to tour the state, said Alliance Executive Director Billy Easton. The state budget has been passed and voters just went to the polls on school budgets for the coming year (voters statewide approved more than 93 percent of school budgets), but he thinks the battle is far from over.

"[Cuomo] says these cuts won't hurt or impact schools, but that just doesn't mesh with what you have here," Easton said.

Cuomo has publicly said that schools across the state are bloated and should look to their savings, reduce administrative compensation and negotiate better deals with unions to make it through the lean years.""

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