Parents, Students Band Together To Fight School Cuts
"We still care about our education!"
That was the message Wednesday night in Canton at a meeting of St. Lawrence County residents worried about proposed cuts to school funding.
They say the cuts mean a loss of programs, class offerings and staff.
"And the formula for that funding ends up hurting rural districts, especially like Canton and Potsdam," said concerned parent Tedra Cobb.
Cobb says the funding formula is unfair to rural schools.
Parents and students plan to pass around petitions, make t-shirts and take out ads to spread the message.
"No one can just ignore this issue," said Carli Baldwin, a concerned student. "This is the issue of kids, the younger generations who will be essentially be the building blocks of our future," Baldwin said.
Knowing there's power in numbers, organizers say their goal is to get even more people involved than the 100 or so people who turned out for Wednesday's meeting.
"Politicians will say that we are important, we are the future, but they're not acting on their words," Baldwin said.
The group plans to reach out to politicians directly. A bus trip to Albany is planned for February 29.
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