Yonkers students, teachers head to Albany to lobby for increased state aidPosted: Updated:
Hundreds of students, parents and educators from Yonkers took a trip to the state's capital today to seek increased state aid.
Groups from the Palisades Preparatory School, as well as from other locations around the city and state, headed to Albany for Student Aid Advocacy Day. “We need funding, we need money for programs and for trips. It’s not fair to our district. We are the future of Yonkers,” says one student.
Groups head upstate on this day to make a final pitch for Albany legislators to increase state aid to schools as lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo put together the state budget.
Yonkers school officials say in the last decade, their student body has increased by more than 4,000 and that more than 27,000 students attend Yonkers public schools. Educators say state funding has not kept pace with the district's growth. For example, Yonkers school officials say the state recommends 250 students per one guidance counselor, but in Yonkers, the ratio is 850 per one guidance counselor. “Which means if I’m a student and I need help today, I might have to wait until Thursday or Friday to get that counselor because they are rotated throughout the schools,” says Roberto Rijos, of the Yonkers Council of PTA/PTSAs.