Parents, teachers call for crucial state funding

Posted at 8:55 AM, Mar 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-04 08:55:14-05

Parents and teachers in one local school district are demanding the state funding they say they deserve.

A rally was held Thursday night at Frontier High School.

Officials say the district lost more than $107 million in state aid since 2009 when the Gap Elimination Adjustment was put in place to the close the state's $10 billion budget deficit.

Without that money, lawmakers say the district has had to make drastic cuts.

"They've laid off 130 teachers, they've reduced clubs and programs, eliminated five sports and now when the state is in a surplus, we still have not brought their funding back to 2009 levels," said Senator Marc Panepinto.

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said she wants to get rid of the Gap Elimination Adjustment.