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Letter: Ossining Advocating For Fairer Funding

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OSSINING, N.Y. — The Ossining Daily Voice accepts signed and original letters to the editor up to 350 words. To submit a letter to the editor, e-mail

To the editor:

After 10 years of broken promises on school funding and significant advocating from the Ossining community, the Ossining School District is collaborating with the Peekskill School District, Alliance for Quality Education and partners throughout New York to organize #EdWalk4CFE.

Oct. 10 is the anniversary of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity court decision, which ruled the state is systemically underfunding black, Latino and low-income students in many districts across New York.

Participants will walk for nine days from New York City Hall to Albany to demand the governor and state legislature meet their obligation to all children.

The walk will launch Sunday, Oct. 2 and arrive on the steps of the State Capitol Tuesday, Oct. 11.

The walk will stop at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4 in Ossining for a rally in support of the mission. Members of the community are invited to Ossining High School for an event to unite and show support.

A few brief, inspiring speeches have been scheduled. Most importantly, your presence will show your support of this important movement.

Attendees are encouraged to wear the school’s color of maroon to show unity.

Interested staff and community members may join the movement by walking to the next stop in Peekskill. Those walking will depart from Ossining High School at 10 a.m.

Community members who are unable to attend the 9 a.m. session are welcome to meet the walkers as they arrive in Peekskill at 2:30 p.m.

Why is this important?

The Ossining School District is owed approximately $14 million in state education aid.

At the same time, our district has changed since Foundation Aid, the largest state education grant, was frozen during the 2007-2008 school year.

Student enrollment increased 19.5 percent, totally 717 new students, as well as a 42 percent increase in students living in poverty.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Sincerely yours,

Raymond Sanchez

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