RTA challenges RCSD's projected $199M budget gap

Updated: November 05, 2020 11:17 PM
Created: November 05, 2020 10:02 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — All four Rochester City School District unions are challenging the district's projected budget deficit.

Last month, it was announced that the district needs to close a nearly $200 million budget gap for the upcoming year. 

Thursday the Rochester Teachers Association posted a letter saying its experts concluded that the projected deficit is actually $17 million. 

When it announced the deficit, the district warned it represented the worst-case scenario.

The $199 million includes debt obligations and the chance of little to no state aid.

The RCSD already cut about 100 teachers this year and more non-teaching staff

Now has to show what it's going to cut to balance the budget.

The RTA president is calling the budget gap a "manufactured crisis."

Click here to read the full statement from the RTA.

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