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Schenectady superintendent prepared to file complaint with DOJ over funding

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- The superintendent of Schenectady schools is ready to file an official complaint with the Department of Justice saying that schools with higher concentrations of minority students are being discriminated against when it comes to state funding.

The list of signatures grew quickly Tuesday as parents of Schenectady school children agreed to act as complainants to the Dept. of Justice.

"It is a big deal," said parent Maxine Brisport. "I am here to support Superintendent Spring for taking this on and we need to get to the root of why our students aren't succeeding."

For months, Spring has been figuring out the best plan of action when it comes to dealing with, what he says, is a discriminatory lack of funding by the state to his district, which is a majority poor and minority.

"We receive only 55 percent of what is due. Every year we are shorted $62 million," said Spring.

He says that leaves students not receiving the basic education they are entitled to. In a couple of weeks, the official complaint will be brought to the Dept. of Justice.

Spring is hoping that by signing on as complainants, the parents in Schenectady will help make a more solid case to the Dept. of Justice that the state funding formula needs to be better implemented. But Spring realizes this complaint is unchartered waters, but is ready to see where they can get with it.

"Some people are telling me not to be overly optimistic. But others are realizing this is a bigger deal than people think."

Superintendent Spring says if they don't get anywhere with the Dept. of Justice, they are ready to file complaints with other state entities.

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