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Letter: School spending portrayed unfairly

Classrooms across Long Island were empty on Thursday.

Classrooms across Long Island were empty on Thursday. Check our listings of delayed openings, closures and cancellations to see what's in store for Friday. Credit: Daniel Brennan

I wish the article "LI Schools: Spending Up" [News, May 1] had been a more realistic portrayal of the economic and political reality that Long Island school districts face.

Your chart displaying Bay Shore's proposed 2013-14 tax-levy increase as 6.4 percent was disingenuous to say the least. You embedded the actual rate increase voters will decide on, 5.9 percent, in the 13th paragraph of the story.

Moreover, you could have provided a more balanced picture of Bay Shore's situation, one in which teachers and administrators voted overwhelmingly to take a wage freeze to help the district save programs and teaching positions.

I trust that Newsday readers will read through paragraph 13. I also anticipate that readers will understand that the economic problems faced by Long Island school districts are caused by an unfair distribution of state aid and an undemocratic tax cap that violates the principle of one person-one vote.

Justin Martinich, Long Beach

Editor's note: The writer is a social studies teacher at Bay Shore High School.