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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."