April 21 COVID-19 update: District seeks community support for federal funding

During a recent news briefing, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned that without more federal assistance, it might be necessary to cut state funding for education.

“If the federal government doesn’t provide more aid, New York’s financial plan this week will forecast 20 percent cuts to schools, local governments and hospitals,” Gov. Cuomo said on Monday.

Senator leaders Bob Menendez (New Jersey) and Bill Cassidy (Louisiana) are proposing a $500 billion fund package for state and local governments as part of the next comprehensive rescue package from Congress. The package will aid states, local governments and public schools that are reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an effort to support Fayetteville-Manlius School District students and educators, community members can advocate for the stabilization fund by contacting the district’s Congress representatives:

Honorable John Katko

Senator Charles Schumer

The following talking points can be used in correspondence:

  • Please support the bi-partisan proposal by Senators Menendez and Cassidy to deliver $500 billion in federal aid to states, local governments, and public schools.
  • Without more help from Washington, it will not be possible for our state to avoid drastic cuts in school funding.
  • Federal aid needs to do more than just allow the state to avoid cutting its funding.
  • Please support additional federal aid to our state and our schools.

Continued communications

The district will continue to update the community via the district website with any new information and frequently asked questions.

Any time-sensitive, critical information will be shared via the district’s SchoolMessenger notification system, which sends email, text message and phone call notifications, depending upon how parents subscribed to the system.

More COVID-19 information and previous F-M COVID-19 communications