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Teachers Head to Albany to Meet with State Officials

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A group of Monroe County School board members headed to Albany Monday morning to meet with state officials about public education concerns.

Area educators continue to put pressure on the state's education department to remind them about what they feel are legislative priorities when it comes to education.

A couple dozen school board members and a few superintendents will spend the day at the State Capital, meeting with members of the Senate, Assembly, Division of the Budget and the Governor's Senior Education Staff.

The goal is to give state leaders a local perspective on education. Mandate relief is always on the top of the list.

"Our focus is not so much to ask for more money, as it is for the money we're supposed to get to be allocated and actually get to us," said Jody Siegle of the Monroe County School Boards Association. "And for them to stop passing programs that cost more and more money all the time. We really need Albany to consider the cost of every new program when they develop it."

The group says they will head to Albany again in March to meet with legislators.

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