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March 26, 2014

Selling $2,800 cookies in Saranac Lake



Cookies at the bake sale didn’t actually sell for $2,800 each. But the prices did draw attention to deficit school funding.

“We thought it was a great way to highlight the impact of GEA. We had some very good conversations,” Carlisto said.

Despite the raw, windy day, he said, business was brisk at the cookie stand set up about 12:30 p.m.

“There were several people just looking to show support and buy some cookies. I think the cool part, we had parents that stood with teachers. It was a real community collaborative effort.”

The cookie sale also called attention to the Senate budget proposal, Carlisto said of the one-house plan looking to restore less school aid than suggested by the Assembly.

“The Senate budget was stunning,” Carlisto said.

“Money is being diverted to more competitive grants and to tax breaks for the wealthy, who support charter schools — that is what the Investment Tax Credit would do.”

There are no charter schools in the North Country, Carlisto said.


Budget talks in Albany continued Monday, as lawmakers in the Senate and Assembly negotiated terms of a single legislative spending plan that would reconcile differences in how much of the Gap Elimination Adjustment would be restored.

“We think that funding levels need to come in much closer to the Assembly’s proposal, which is still inadequate,” Carlisto said.

“The Educational Conference Board — a statewide board made up of the School Board Association, the teachers union and state school superintendents board that develops opinions on policy — has said we need $1.5 billion more (than Cuomo’s budget figure) so schools don’t have deeper cuts.”

Carlisto said the teachers union sees that figure closer to $1.9 billion, and the Regents have suggested school aid should be $1.3 billion higher to prevent deep cuts.

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