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Be an advocate for BKW, speak to legislators about state funding

Lack of adequate funding threatens future solvency of rural districts in New York

Become an advocate for BC's students

Click here to learn more about advocacy and to download a copy of the district's Advocacy Toolkit [PDF].

Click here for the contact information of BKW's legislative representatives.

View a recap video of the Jan. 30 event, "NY Schools STILL in Fiscal Peril: Our Kids Can't Wait Another Year"

View what students and educators across the region have to say about how losses in school funding have influenced them, and how varied opportunities in K-12 education have made a difference in their lives.

More than 1,000 people packed into Colonie Central High School on Thursday, Jan. 30, to hear students, teachers and school district leaders hammer the state for cutting education funding and to talk about the effects. Billed as "NY Schools STILL in Fiscal Peril: Our Kids Can't Wait Another Year," the roundtable discussion centered on Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) cuts, but touched on ways schools are affected as their budgets are annually slashed.

A group of BKW's parents, students and district officials attended this event in the wake of the $5.4 million that the district has lost in the last four years, in addition to the $1.1 million BKW is slated to lose next year to the GEA. Also in attendance were the legislative representatives for BKW, Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk and Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara.

 

What can you do? Be a voice for BKW!

After these recent awareness events, please take the time to keep the momentum of this message to our legislators going by placing phone calls and sending letters to the legislative representatives of BKW. You can find the contact information for Senator Tkaczyk and Assemblyman Santabarbara here. Please also see the district’s advocacy toolkit (on the right) for help on crafting your message.

 

View stories about the Jan. 30 regional forum:

Pre-event story from website
WNYT News Channel 13 Story
Times Union Story
Capital New York Story
CBS 6 New Story
Coverage from Educations Speaks blog