Alliance for Quality Education

New York News
6:10 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Advocates Push For School Aid; Poll Shows Dissatisfaction

Polls show Gov. Cuomo is still popular, but voters are pessimistic.
Credit Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Education funding advocates, including actress Cynthia Nixon, made a last minute pitch for extra money for schools in the state budget. Meanwhile, a new poll finds many New Yorkers think the quality of education in the state is deteriorating.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Advocates Say Lack Of Money At Core of Schools Struggles

Credit Karen DeWitt

  The deadline for the state budget is approaching, and education issues are taking center stage. One day before massive rallies for universal pre-K and charter schools, other advocates say they’ve gathered evidence for potentially another lawsuit for more state aid for schools.

The Alliance for Quality Education has been touring schools around the state to document what they say is erosion in districts in economically depressed areas.

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New York News
12:28 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Education Fact Finding Tour Crosses NY

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Two education-oriented activist groups have embarked upon a statewide tour of schools to "gather evidence" in preparation to file a new lawsuit against New York. At issue, they say, is the state’s failure to fulfill its constitutional obligation of providing every student with a “sound basic education.”

The Alliance for Quality Education and the Campaign for Fiscal Equity are taking a “fact finding tour,” visiting schools and trying to find "what's missing" at those hallowed halls of learning.

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New York News
6:31 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Advocates to Cuomo: Increase Education Aid

Demonstrators braved the bitter cold as they stood on the sidewalk along Crown Street.
Credit Kat Fisher

A day after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled his budget, the Alliance for Quality of Education and Citizen Action of New York held eight rallies across New York Wednesday, including one in Kingston, calling on Albany to increase state funding for education.

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New York News
12:38 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Report: NY Gets Good Grades For Student Data Tracking

The Data Quality Campaign, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit that advocates for high-quality data, has released a paper showing how far states have come in developing and using the data.

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Hudson Valley News
7:45 am
Tue November 19, 2013

NYS Senator Urges Passage Of Bill To Restrict Standardized Testing

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A New York state senator says it is time to pass his legislation to restrict standardized testing for the youngest students.

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Education
1:01 pm
Sat November 16, 2013

Petition Calls For Testing Ban For State’s Youngest Students

Education advocates across New York are calling for a ban on standardized testing in pre-K through second grade.

Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, kicked off a Thursday conference call to launch a  statewide petition drive to stop expansion of standardized tests in children’s early years.

The petition comes as the union continues to call for a three-year moratorium on using tests aligned to the rigorous Common Core standards for “high stakes” decisions affecting teachers and students.

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Education
3:26 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Report: Educators Must Target Kids' First Eight Years

Credit © 2013 The Annie E. Casey Foundation

A new report released Monday says investing in the first eight years of a child's life pays big dividends, and that’s especially true for New York kids 8 and younger who come from low-income families.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Ed Officials Announce "Shocking" Drop In Student Test Scores

Test scores for third through eighth graders were released Wednesday, and they show a dramatic drop in the number of New York students who received passing grades.

Less than one third of students in the third through eighth grades, around 31%, passed the new math and English exams given for the first time this year, says Regents Chancellor Merrill Tisch, making the announcement on a conference call.

“As anticipated, the scores we are announcing today are significantly lower,” Tisch said.

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New York News
3:30 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

AQE Releases College & Career Readiness Report Card

An end-of-year “report card” (different from the old-school one above) has been issued by New York education reformers. The “grades” they’ve given to the state’s education policies are not going to earn anybody a congratulatory ice cream cone.
Credit Mark Scheerer

Now that New York’s public schools have sent students – and report cards — home for the summer, New York education reformers have issued the state a "report card" of their own... with two plusses, four minuses and an "incomplete."

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