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Many gather to discuss fiscal crisis facing schools

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Hundreds of parents and educators met Monday evening to talk about what they're calling a "fiscal crisis" in New York's schools. The meeting was held at Niskayuna High School. Niskayuna's been a school district that's been facing cuts and possible school closures in an attempt to balance their budget. Erin Vannella has more.

NISKAYUNA, N.Y. -- Hundreds of parents and educators met Monday evening to talk about what they're calling a "fiscal crisis" in New York's schools. The meeting was held at Niskayuna High School.

Niskayuna's been a school district that's been facing cuts and possible school closures in an attempt to balance their budget. During a board of education meeting earlier this month, the district's superintendent discussed cuts to programs and possibly closing Van Antwerp Middle School or a yet to be named elementary school to help balance their 2013-2014 budget.

Parents and students say they're meeting to find out more about what's being done.

"Part of me wonders where the money is coming from?” asked parent Mary-Beth Arcidiacomo. “Niskayuna isn't getting there share, my understanding is, everyone is getting the short shrift."

"I've heard it said, that last year's students got the best education at Niskayuna and it's the best education that anyone's got any district in a while because of the budget cuts. So students are definitely going to feel the changes," high school student Olivia Jaquith said.

At this meeting, organizers showed parents how to become advocates for their students in schools. They say it's important for parents and educators to make sure their voice is heard by lawmakers in Albany.

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