More than 200 board of education members and superintendents from small city school districts across the state have sent letters to the Governor and Legislative Leaders in support of the Small City Successful School Act.

The legislation is co-sponsored by Senator Joseph Griffo and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi.

Brindisi says the bill acknowledges the special challenges facing school districts with high concentrations of poverty.  He says small city school districts have significantly greater burdens and their students have on average much greater needs than non-city districts

Brindisi says the districts have been denied a total of $537 million under the Gap Elimination Adjustment and Frozen Foundation Aid over the just the past year.

The bill would provide over $96 million in education aid to enable high-needs districts to fund new programs for struggling students.

It's co-sponsored by 17 other legislators representing small cities.