State says schools can cover cuts

"Any decrease in school aid has to be fair," Little said. "And if some areas of the state are only losing two, three, four, or five percent and we're getting 10 or 12 percent - that's not fair."

Little adds that a Cuomo proposal to consolidate administrative staff at school districts is one way to cut budgets and fend off decreased state appropriations.

"I do think that the governor also mentioned the idea of consolidating administrative services," she said. "We've talked a long time about the possibility of one superintendent being able to run two smaller schools. State law currently doesn't allow for that. But those are the things we need to start looking at."

Lawmakers will continue to hash out Cuomo's proposed budget in the coming weeks.

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