Citizen Action of New York and their affiliate, Alliance for Quality Education are community activists who support a number of causes including teacher’s unions, hosted a rally at Utica City Hall.
School officials, local residents, and a Proctor Student, Naysha Galvez, called on the state of New York to fully fund Utica and Rome City Schools. Galvez says, “Our schools are definitely dilapidated. We don’t even have proper bathroom stalls or proper desks to sit on, the seats are broken. We don’t have any textbooks that we can take home and do our homework. we don’t have any textbooks that we can read on our own without sharing with another person.”
According to a 12-year-old Foundation Aid Formula, the state of New York owes at least four billion dollars to school districts across the state. Utica is owed 44.8 million dollars and Rome is owed 12.7 million dollars.
The state has to submit their budget by January of 2020.