Classrooms crowded with more than 30 students. No electives or advanced placement classes. No sports or music. This is the future for some local schools if finances continue on their current trend — and it might happen sooner than later.
Schools across the state are struggling with significant rising costs, declining enrollment, the 2 percent property tax cap and insufficient state aid.
Year after year, they are forced to reach deeper into their reserves and make cuts to staff and programming.
“We’re going to fall behind other countries in terms of the quality of our education system and the graduates who can lead us into the next generation in terms of successful careers,” said Michael Borges, executive director of the New York State Association of School Business Officials. “We’re mortgaging our future to pay for our past mistakes.”