March 1, 2011. BUDGET CUTS UNFAIR TO CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
Governor Cuomo's proposed budget treats public schools far better than it treats religious and independent schools.
Catholic schools will receive less money and services compared to the public schools:
Budget cuts for education make up a greater percent in the Catholic and non-public school sector.
have yet to be reimbursed for over $250 million for mandated services
dating back to 2002 while public schools will be awarded $500 million
of new funding for academic and administrative improvements.
In addition, public schools are getting $70 million in reimbursement
for the MTA payroll tax while our schools receive nothing.
WHAT YOU CAN DO: Parents and friends of Catholic education are urged to email or write to their elected officials and ask for equitable treatment. The
particulars of the issues and corresponding legislation are on the
Catholic Advocacy Network site. The site is easy to navigate and even
easier to make your voices heard!