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Walk & Bike Ride To Press For More School Funding

(WXXI News & AP) Education advocates have begun a  150 mile walk  from New York City to Albany to press the state for more school funding.

The walk is organized by the Alliance for Quality Education, which says students, parents, educators and elected officials will participate.

Organizers say the walk commemorates the 10-year anniversary of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity case that directed more money to poor school districts. Advocates say communities are still owed billions of dollars.

The walkers began their trek Sunday  in Manhattan  and they arrive at the State Capitol in Albany October 11th after making several stops for rallies along the way.

There will also be a bike ride from Buffalo to Albany. That starts on Thursday, and it includes a stop in Rochester on Thursday afternoon.

The bicyclists and the walkers will meet up in Schenectady for the final leg of the walk  to the state capitol in Albany.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.