N.Y. School and Teacher Groups Sue to Stop Aid Cuts
A coalition of teachers, school officials and education advocates is suing Gov. David Paterson, trying to stop him from withholding New York state school aid.
The suit filed Wednesday in state court challenges Paterson's authority to unilaterally delay 10 percent of upcoming aid payments to schools and local governments. Paterson says holding back some $750 million is necessary to prevent the state from running out of cash as it grapples with a $3.2 billion deficit.
"He's talking about a delay that will turn into a cut," said Alan Lubin, New York State United Teachers executive vice president. He said the schools have also felt the tough economic climate and lost almost 6,000 staff this year. Several districts have tapped...
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