Schools across WC could lose millions under Cuomo's budget plan
A week after Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) delivered his budget speech outlining major cuts across the board, many Westchester school districts have finally crunched the numbers and learned they will lose millions if the proposed budget is passed.
The biggest loser would be Yonkers, which stands to lose $17.5 million in education funding. Mount Vernon could lose $8.8 million, New Rochelle could lose $4.3 million and Lakeland could lose $3.2 million.
For the Lakeland School District, the $3.2 million in possible cuts for next school year is on top of the $1.8 million in cuts for this year.
"The idea of state aid being cut does shake the community in the sense that now our class sizes have the potential to go up," says Principal Patricia McIlvenny, of Ben Franklin Elementary School.
While the cuts are not official until the state Legislature passes the budget, the school board says it will begin meeting to decide what will need to be cut.
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