Bronx parent starts petition to protest cuts to city schools funding
Parents are frustrated with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 2021 budget, which shows a potential 20% cut in funding for city schools.
Angela Torres, of the Bronx, is actively involved in District 8's Community Education Counsel. She started a petition to try and stop the budget cuts.
Torres says most of the schools are overwhelmed and overcrowded. She says budget cuts will only make things worse.
"I really felt this was something that is going to rock the worlds of our students, and we are already working on a small tight budget," Torres says. "And so it's going to impact especially the lower-income communities, and I wanted to do something about it."
Fabian Wander, a parent and social worker, told News 12 that students will need extra resources to deal with the emotional fallout of the pandemic.
The Department of Education released a statement, reading in part "the state has already left the Department of Education with a $400 million funding shortfall and is now threatening to take more. We oppose any further education cuts and appreciate this group's advocacy."