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Yonkers, N.Y., Schools Sue State Over Amount of Per-Pupil Aid

By David J. Hoff — June 07, 2005 1 min read

New York state’s fourth-largest school district filed a lawsuit last week alleging that the state inadequately finances the district.

The Yonkers board of education and a nonprofit organization of parents and PTAs contend that the urban district bordering the Bronx borough of New York City doesn’t receive as much per-pupil as other cities in the state.

In this school year, the 26,400-student district receives $6,200 per pupil in state aid, while Buffalo, Syracuse, and Rochester receive more than $9,200 per student from the state, the complaint said.

The lawsuit was filed June 1 in state supreme court, a trial-level court, in Westchester County. The office of state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer would not comment on the suit, a spokesman said.

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