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Study: Poor NYS schools lack basic resources

Many schools in New York's poor districts lack basic resources six years after a landmark court ruling required the state to increase spending on public education.  That's according to a study released Monday by Teachers College at Columbia University.  WAMC’s Dave Lucas has more…

The college's Campaign for Educational Equity looked at resources of 33 high-needs schools during the last school year, including schools in the Big Five districts of New York City and Rochester, as well as schools in selected small city, rural and suburban districts. It found students going without basics like books and access to mandated courses.

The Campaign for Fiscal Equity, which won the court ruling, says the state is $5 billion behind what it pledged to spend.

The governor's office didn't initially respond to a request for comment Monday.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.