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Report Sparks Parade and Rally in Albany

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New York State ranks fifth in the nation in the gap between rich and poor school districts based on spending per pupil. That's the finding in a new report prepared by school reform advocates who will put on a parade and a rally in Albany today.

The report from the Alliance for Quality Education says the gap between spending from the state's wealthiest to poorest school districts is 86-hundred dollars per pupil. That gap, and the corresponding lack of programs and course offerings leads to a graduation gap as well. With twin sons ready to enter pre-kindergarten this fall, Angelica Rivera of Western New York  says she can see what's in store.

They've cut a lot of these after-school programs, they've cut a lot of these art programs, things that I know that my kids will benefit from.

Rivera will be speaking this afternoon at a rally preceded by a parade featuring high school marching bands and concerned advocates calling for a restoration of funding cuts in the pending budget.

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.
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