"The state has not fixed the funding formula from Albany and that needs to happen. We have charter schools that are taking valuable state aid from us we had the federal sequestration last year that cut our federal entitlements," said Karam.
Since then, several calls to action. Rallies.
"Education in Utica is a very important issue and it's got to be dealt with, you know they can't put this on the back burner any longer," said Proctor High School student Trinh Truong.
Trips to Albany.
"Students are going to be sharing with Governor Cuomo why they need to why he needs to prioritize schools," said Liz Moran of the Alliance for Quality Education.
And last night the board unanimously approved a 142-million dollar budget--with 7 million dollars worth of cuts. And spent today laying off about one hundred people.
"It was terrible, it was horrible we don't want to lay anybody off it's one of the most unpleasant things anyone has to do," said Karam.
The bottom line--less teachers means larger class sizes with less supplies to cover a growing population.
"We have one computer lab in our school that doesn't even have sufficient amount of computers for one class," said Truong.
This budget will go to a public vote at the end of May and it's still subject to change depending on the state budget.
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