Equity on Radar of NY Senate Power-Sharing Experiment

 

The leadership-sharing pact reached recently by state Senate Republicans and five breakaway Democrats could be a breath of fresh air for struggling low-wealth, high needs schools.

Sen. David Valesky (D-Oneida), one of the members of the Independent Democratic Conference, has said that he hopes the power-sharing agreement will allow progressive issues, such as fixing the flawed formula for distributing state aid to schools, to come to the floor for a vote.

In a Q&A session with readers of The (Syracuse) Post-Standard on Dec. 6, Valesky said the IDC will address school aid equity with definitive action.

Valesky added that, if necessary, he would fight the Long Island Senate delegation which has for more than 20 years been the champion of the inequitable state aid distribution process. "The IDC intends to play a serious leadership role in this and all issues, and I will continue to stand up for school districts in my Senate district and challenge any delegation from anywhere in the State regarding fairness in the school aid formula.''

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