Parents Protest Cuts in Education

September 22, 2011 Updated Sep 22, 2011 at 11:42 PM EDT

By WKBW News

September 22, 2011 Updated Sep 22, 2011 at 11:42 PM EDT

With the slowing economy and spending cuts being made across the board at the state level, many parents are upset with how this is impacting education.

Many upset parents and community members took their message to downtown Buffalo on Thursday, protesting school budget cuts and asking local lawmakers to but the focus back on those who are being the most affected: the students.

Niagara Square was the site of placards, signs, and people demanding change as they say state cuts are depriving schoolchildren of the best teachers, aides, and places to go to school. Many wore band-aids on their faces to symbolize the harm these cuts are having on the school system, and the negative effects that they believe politics are having on education.

"Stop acting like our children are not important. Our children are important. They are our future," Ina Downing of the group Citizen Action of Western New York said.

"If we don't protect the quality education that they're entitled to, then who else will?" Rosalind Hampton asked.

"We need more teachers in the classroom, we need more resources in these schools. These kids are so far behind it's not even funny. And cutting the dollars that provide those resources does not provide any advancement to their academics" Julie Boody added.

The protest was one of several organized throughout the state today.

Many of the protestors say Governor Cuomo went back on his promise not to cut education, and instead cut over a billion dollars in funds. A state spokesperson could not be reached for comment Thursday.