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Schenectady superintendent to deliver complaint to U.S. Dept. of Education

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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Larry Spring, the superintendent for the Schenectady School District, will deliver a complaint to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights on Friday.

Spring says the Schenectady School District received only 54 percent of the aid it should have received. Now, the district is without an additional $62 million.

He believes school districts with more minority students are receiving less state aid than districts with mostly white students. Spring's complaint argues New York State's current methods for distributing education aid has a discriminatory impact on minority students, non-English speaking students, and students with disabilities.

According to the complaint, the state’s method for funding schools violates federal law. Spring said he has specific goals in mind.

"I want the Office of Civil Rights to really investigate this and bring some attention to the notion of what it is we're doing. And it's not really a lawsuit. We won't have a day in court. We won't have the ability to call witnesses. We're filing the complaint to the federal agency and it will be in hands to determine whether civil rights are being violated," explained Spring.

He plans to deliver the complaint Friday in Manhattan.

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