On Tuesday, May 17, New Yorkers from Buffalo to the Bronx are voting in school elections -- or, at least, some of them are. (Turnout for school budget elections is usually abysmally low. We're hoping local voters will buck the trend tomorrow.)
This year is a particularly tough one for New York State school districts, with $1.2 billion in state aid slashed from the state budget this year. (North Country Public Radio has a recent story that claims rural schools may be taking more than their fair share of the pain.)
Factor in the already-soaring costs of budget-breakers like heating oil and healthcare, and you have a recipe for voter outrage: taxes going up and services going down. The Albany Times-Union puts it succinctly:
By now, it is as much a rite of spring as a blooming daffodil: teachers lose their jobs, and our taxes rise.
Regardless of how you're voting on your local school district's budget, we hope you'll get out there and vote.
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