Students fight for a good education
Lately, the decision is not whether or not cuts need to be made due to tight school budgets, but rather which ones. Administrators fight the good fight every year. But, as our Cara Thomas tells us, more and more students are getting involved. And they're using what they've learned in school to fight the budget battle, in some pretty creative ways.
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CANTON, N.Y. --"The only way that legislators and the governor are going to do something about it is if they know the people care. And we want them to know the students care too," said Susannah Sudborough, a senior at Canton High School.
More than ever before students are speaking up and in a loud way. The seriousness of the budget cuts is allowing students to see the negative effects on their education.
Joseph DeJoy, also a senior at Canton said, "The first meeting I went to, I came home and just looked my dad in the face and was like I'm absolutely terrified for the future of this school."
But students in the Canton School District said they aren't willing to sit by and watch their school fall apart. Over the past few months, they've made the trek to Albany, meeting face to face with 20 state lawmakers.
And have now created a video for all to see. In the video, they use humor to illustrate the severity of cuts that will have to be made if school districts like Canton don't get more state aid. They show what the students will be losing if changes aren't made.
Students said when extracurricular activities and athletics are cut, specialized classes are no more and dozens of teachers are let go, they fear the welfare of the school and for the younger students.
DeJoy said, "I love all the little side classes that I take that aren't part of the curriculum and they just make the day worth, they make me feel like it's worth going to school and I don't want them to lose that."
The students predict that as a result of the cuts, other students will be less motivated, attendance will decrease and without honors classes, it will be difficult for students to get further education.
"We just want to same opportunities no matter where we live," said Sudborough.
The students said they deserve a good education and they hope legislators and the governor will listen and respond.
The video has already sent it to multiple legislators and posted on Governor Cuomo's facebook wall in an effort to get the word out. View it here: "We Need Equity in State Aid for Schools"