Middletown High School students slam state budget in new YouTube video

A group of Middletown teenagers are slamming the state’s 2014-15 budget with a new YouTube rap video. (4/4/14)

MIDDLETOWN - A group of Middletown teenagers are slamming the state’s 2014-15 budget with a new YouTube rap video.

Malik Kemely is one of about a dozen students at Middletown High School who put together the video, called “No Mo Cuomo.” The video criticizes changes to education funding included in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget, which was passed by state lawmakers on Monday.

Kemely says the motivation behind the video is the fear that art programs in his district will lose money. "Teachers are saying over 40 jobs could be cut, art programs could be cut, and to me that's very unfair," he says.

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The budget includes a hefty hike in education funding, but it scales back on a state aid program called the Gap Elimination Adjustment. Scaling back on the program is a crushing hit for districts that rely on it, like Middletown and Newburgh.

The YouTube video currently has more than 8,000 views on YouTube.

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