NYS Owes Schools Billions

August 8, 2014 Updated Aug 8, 2014 at 5:44 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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August 8, 2014 Updated Aug 8, 2014 at 5:44 PM EDT

(WKBW)

The year was 2006. A group of New York City parents won a lawsuit against the State of New York over funding for education.

The settlement? More than $5 billion. Money that would go to districts all across the state.

"They committed to increase school aid by $5.5 billion focused on primarily high need districts like Buffalo and Niagara Falls and districts all over the state," said Billy Easton, Executive Director of the Alliance for Quality Education.

The state was ordered by the court of appeals to distribute the money to the districts by 2011 but that never happened.

Instead, since that 2006 ruling education funding has been cut by $1 billion dollars according to a report by several education watchdog groups.

That same report says Buffalo is owed $139,122,603, Williamsville $15,893,842, Lancaster is owed $12,180,272 and there are dozens
more waiting in line.