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February 3, 2014

Educators discuss struggles of impoverished students

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“You can see rising poverty in the North Country over several decades, and that’s something we just don’t seem to want to talk about,” he said.

Another issue that must be addressed, Beatham continued, is the funding of schools.

Larrow agreed that more could be done to help students, but the state aid his district receives doesn’t allow for it.

“If we had more aid, we would be able to offer more services,” he said.

For example, Moriah Central students could have more one-on-one attention if the school had more staff, Larrow noted.

“If we’re serious about educating the kids, then we need to make sure that they have the resources and the teachers and administrators have the resources they need to be able to take care of that,” Beatham said.

Email Ashleigh Livingston:alivingston@pressrepublican.com

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LOCAL RANKINGS

Buffalo Business First's 2013 academic rankings of North Country school districts (with average percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch from 2010 to 2012 in parenthesis).

  • 1. Chazy (20)
  • 2. Lake Placid (22)
  • 3. Saranac Lake (32)
  • 4. Saranac (30)
  • 5. Chateaugay (34)
  • 6. Plattsburgh (42)
  • 7. Elizabethtown-Lewis (41)
  • 8. Ticonderoga (48)
  • 9. Northeastern Clinton (40)
  • 10. Peru (33)
  • 11. Tupper Lake (52)
  • 12. Willsboro (41)
  • 13. St. Regis Falls (59)
  • 14. Northern Adirondack (61)
  • 15. Beekmantown (49)
  • 16. AuSable Valley (35)
  • 17. Brushton-Moira (61)
  • 18. Malone (50)
  • 19. Moriah (64)
  • 20. Salmon River (68)

Learn more about Buffalo Business First's school rankings at www.bizjournals.com/buffalo. Also, state-issued School Report Cards can be viewed at reportcards.nysed.gov.

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