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As the Schenectady school board considered its latest round of layoffs last week, board member Nohelani Etienne, newly elected to the board in May, asked if there was any way to delay the cuts – even for just a week or two.
Just hours before the board’s Wednesday meeting, state budget officials indicated they planned to fully fund school aid payments due to districts later this month, and in an op-ed written for the Albany Times-Union, state budget director Robert Mujica said districts beginning to lay off staff were “acting prematurely.”
That same day, New York State United Teachers, along with Schenectady Federation of Teachers President Juliet Benaquisto, sued the state over aid reductions in districts across the state.
The school board had already approved well over 300 layoffs at previous meetings, but the conflicting messages around school funding pushed Etienne to try