School aid cuts may affect at-risk LI schools

News 12
(01/20/10) WYANDANCH – Gov. David Paterson’s budget proposal includes a cut to school aid, which may hit some of Long Island’s already underfunded schools hard.

The Long Island Progressive Coalition criticized the proposal, insisting the cuts will negatively impact children’s education. Denise Gibbs, the assistant superintendent at Wyandanch schools, says the district was already forced to cut its reading program, security and custodial workers last year.

State Sen. John Flanagan (R-Northport) says he wants to make sure the school cuts are evenly spread throughout the state.

The State Legislature must first vote on the budget before cuts go into effect.