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									The Long And Short Of Long Island Schools

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Want to know more about Long Island Schools? Long Island Schools consist
of 125 public school districts, 416,093 students and 29,901 teachers.
About 88.4 percent of high school students on Long Island go on to enter
post-secondary education.

The biggest issue as a whole for Long Island Schools is determining the
budget. A recent challenge to the state school funding system, by the
Campaign for Fiscal Equity, led the New York State Court of Appeals to
require the state t...


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Want to know more about Long Island Schools? Long Island Schools consist
of 125 public school districts, 416,093 students and 29,901 teachers.
About 88.4 percent of high school students on Long Island go on to enter
post-secondary education.

The biggest issue as a whole for Long Island Schools is determining the
budget. A recent challenge to the state school funding system, by the
Campaign for Fiscal Equity, led the New York State Court of Appeals to
require the state to adopt a special funding plan to make sure that all
students are given access to a proper high school education within the
public school system. The Court appears to be in conflict with Governor
Pataki, who is trying to push through a $400 million voucher plan. Under
this proposal, parents of 1.8 million school children throughout the
state would be eligible for the new credit. State aid has increased 65
percent since 1995. Pataki believes that this education tax credit will
give parents new resources and flexibility to meet the educational needs
of their children, including the students of Long Island Schools.

Pataki has many detractors, who don’t feel that vouchers are the way to
go. Danny Donohue, president of the Civil Service Employees Association
says that public schools still have too many unmet needs to spend $400
million on a voucher plan. Timothy G. Kremer, executive director of the
NYS School Boards Association, says that the tax break is “a $400 million
gift from taxpayers to families who don’t need it.”

“The NYS PTA believes that every child deserves equal access to the same
outcome, that is, an excellent education,” Donohue adds, “That means
using our government’s resources to close gaps, not create them; to raise
student achievement of all and not just for some; and to prepare students
for a democratic society for which public schools remain the best forum.”
How does all of this impact Long Island Schools as a whole? All the Long
Island Schools reap benefits from additional funding, so help from the
state would not be unwelcome. However, what each of the Long Island
Schools spends their money on and what they need money for varies
greatly.

In the Baldwin District of Long Island Schools, taxpayers are actually
getting a break, after representatives netted an additional $23.6 million
in state aid. Since this district’s budget didn’t change this year, the
extra state aid the district received lowers the amount that homeowners
have to pay.

Not every district in Long Island Schools is mired down in a budget
quagmire. Consider these Long Island Schools. East Rockaway’s High
School class of 2006 had one of the highest Regents diploma rates ever
(91%), and 96% of students went on to college. The dropout rate at the
school is ZERO, and students excel not only academically but in drama,
music, and sports as well.

Also seeing fantastic success within Long Island Schools is the Lynbrook
School District. They have scored consistently high grades on the NY
State Assessment tests: 100% of fifth graders passed the 2006 social
studies exam. Nearly 90% of this Long Island Schools’ middle school
students passed the English Language Arts test. Last year, just like the
seniors at East Rockaway, 96% of Lynbrook High School seniors went to
college. The district’s diverse academic programs have won many awards,
and its Long Island Schools’ athletic teams continue to excel.

In short, Long Island Schools have a lot to offer students and their
families. Concern and involvement from families, community and political
leaders over budget spending, and an impressive roster of successful
schools are the tip of the iceberg in this area of our nation.

								
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