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Educators continue to rally for more school funding

Educators across the region continue to hold rallies and pickets to call for more state aid for local schools.

The rallies have sought to call attention to the Gap Elimination Adjustment, a state budget mechanism that has reduced promised state aid to school districts during the last five years, and to raise concern about a proposal by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to tie state aid increases to his education reform agenda.

In Grand Island, teachers have planned a “Rally To Put Students First” from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday in the auditorium of Huth Road Elementary School, 1773 Huth Road. Guest speakers will include Superintendent Teresa Lawrence, School Board President Lisa Pyc and Ashli Skura Dreher, who was named the state’s 2014 Teacher of the Year.

In Orchard Park, teachers have planned two informational pickets through the village at 3:10 p.m. Monday and Wednesday. The first will be held at South Davis Elementary and Orchard Park Middle School. During the Wednesday picket, teachers will march through village.