Maisto Successful Schools Act

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New legislation proposed by State Senator Joe Griffo and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi is calling for immediate action repay the eight city school districts that were found to be by a State Supreme Court Judge to be vastly underfunded by the state’s foundation aid formula.
The ‘Maisto Successful Schools Act’ would fund the State’s foundation aid formula for the eight districts over a 4-year period starting in 2017.

Senator Joe Griffo says, “There are so many factors and challenges that are causing problems in school districts. And if the foundation aid was flowing as it had been promised and indicated, they could have combated these challenges.”

Both the Senator and the Assemblyman say the waiting game is only making it worse for students, teachers and administrators.

Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi adds, “What Senator Griffo and I are doing under this legislation is saying, let’s not wait for a court to render it’s decision. Let’s step up now as a legislature and fulfill our obligation and repay these school districts what they’re owed.”

When asked what else has been gained from the suit, Attorney Robert Biggerstaff says the issue of education fairness is what needs to be addressed once and for all.

Biggerstaff sayd, “Educational quality or adequacy I would say is the civil rights issue of this generation. And if the Legislature and the Governor want to do something really positive for the state and the economy, they ought to look at the problems in education.”

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