Unfunded state mandates, tax cap are hurting schools

The News editorial labeling schools as money pits deserves a failing grade. It fails to recognize that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s deliberate underfunding of schools combined with a tax cap is destroying local school districts.

New York schools cost more because they are required to do more. The failure of Cuomo to provide any relief from more than 200 unfunded mandates can only render cuts to schools as ill-conceived. The vast majority of New York State school districts provide a great education and an excellent return on taxpayer dollars.

Michael Lex