Last Wednesday, school officials from around the state and advocacy groups announced the launch of a year-long campaign to increase school funding and seek reforms to education.

The effort, called “Educate NY Now!”, will highlight the state’s “growing educational crisis” that includes larger classes, reductions in the number of teachers, and overburdened local property taxpayers.

The group said it opposes the state’s plan to tie future aid increases to the rate of inflation, and that it also opposes Gov. Cuomo’s effort to tie some state aid to competitive grants. They also want to eliminate the requirement of a 60 percent “supermajority” to vote on school budgets that go over the tax cap.

Unshackle Upstate will continue to work to protect the state’s taxpayers, and to ensure that provisions like the 60 percent “supermajority” requirement for piercing the property tax cap remains in place.