Hundreds of LI teachers rally against proposed school aid cuts

(02/18/11) FARMINGVILLE – Hundreds of Long Island teachers, parents and students rallied last night at Sachem East High School against the governor’s proposed school aid cuts.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) has proposed slashing school aid by $1.5 billion.

Long Island schools would see $200 million less in state aid under Cuomo’s budget. Multiple schools districts have already warned teachers of drastic layoffs and program cuts.

“Our schools shouldn’t have to balance the state budget on their backs,” says Danielle Asher, of the Long Island Progressive Coalition.

State Sen. John Flanagan (R-East Northport) says he’ll fight to make the cuts as painless as possible, but with a $10 billion state deficit, he warns that significant cuts in education are inevitable.