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Superintendents: State funding a civil rights issue


SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- A number of local superintendents met at Proctor's Theatre Wednesday to discuss what they are calling a discrimination and civil rights issue in their school districts.

The superintendents' main concern was associated with the distribution of state funding for schools and whether filing a civil rights complaint against the state would be a possibility.

Schenectady Superintendent Larry Spring was responsible for organizing the meeting. Spring said he was outraged that the racial demographic of a school district could play role in determining the amount of state funding provided.  Spring presented data to his fellow educators Tuesday,  that he believed proved schools districts that are predominantly non-white are provided significantly less in state aid.

"Once I got that info and found out, I started pressing the governor's office and legislators and sharing data with them and having conversations," Spring said.  "I didn't really see an impact from December on, as far as the budget."

Spring said the plan to  discuss whether or not filing a civil rights suit against the state is warranted and if so, an effective strategy for doing so.

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