ROME, N.Y. -- Representatives from 30 school districts met with state leaders to discuss issues facing schools and how lawmakers can help.
State Senator Joseph Griffo hosted the roundtable discussion with Education Committee Chairman John Flanagan Thursday.
School officials addressed concerns ranging from changes they'd like to see in the state aid formula to the new Education Reform Commission. Some say they'd like relief from unfunded mandates, as well as mandates the state says are funded but that have associated costs.
Senator Flanagan says a fiscal review of mandates such as those are on the way.
"If we do that review and we still think it's a good idea, then we should pay for it. I know that's a very novel concept, but I think we're trying to, in all sincerity, if it is such a good idea, then the State of New York should start picking up the tab," said Flanagan.
Flanagan says he'd like to see the governor call for a similar review of all state regulations, from health care to transportation.