Fighting To Stop Cuts To Education In The Next State Budget

January 26, 2011 Updated Jan 26, 2011 at 12:41 AM EDT

By Lou Chilelli

January 26, 2011 Updated Jan 26, 2011 at 12:41 AM EDT

Each year there's a battle in Albany over the state budget. Nobody wants to loose the funding for their cause. Budget trouble in Albany will have effects all across the state. A series of meetings took place Tuesday night, simultaneously, across the state. It's a kick off to the "college and careers, not more cuts" campaign.

Those gathered at the True Bethel Baptist Church on East Ferry in Buffalo, want to see an increase in funding for education, not cuts. New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo says that a massive state budget deficit will lead to across the board funding cuts. "The disparity between what affluent school districts get and poor school districts get is the worst in the United States in New York State," remarked Philip Rumore, president of the Buffalo Teachers Federation.

Last year the state cut one point four billion dollars for education. The group here is worried that more cuts this year will have a tremendous impact on schools in the city. Jim Anderson is an advocate for education, "Certainly the schools that are already defunct, will not be able to do the things to get our kids to be able to get over hurdle that is needed for qualifying in the subject grades that they need"

"If we have a future as a state, if we don't invest what ever funds we have into our children, there will be no New York State. There will be no future. There will be these great jobs and nobody to work them, said Chy-Nel Lee, a member of Aliance for Quality Education. The group is urging people to write letters to the governor and other state elected officials. They will be traveling to Albany to lobby to avoid cuts and ask for more funding for education.