Marshand Boone. Utica Observer-Dispatch. 4/26/2005.
Charisse Williams has only lived in Utica for four years, but she's already learned a great lesson about the city school system in which her daughter, Corinthia, 13, is enrolled. The district doesn't have the resources to teach well something as basic as reading skills, she says. Corinthia strives to learn math in a classroom with nearly 30 students. Her mom, like school officials in Utica and elsewhere in the Mohawk Valley, blames the state's system for handing out state aid to school districts, a system variously referred to as complicated, convoluted and nearly impossible to understand. Williams is one of more than 30 people who became plaintiffs in the Utica school district's lawsuit filed last year to rework the state aid formula.