It is called ‘bullet aid,’ but others have called it ‘school district pork.’ Extra state aid to school districts and libraries doled out by the majority parties that control the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly. The latest bullet aid from State Senate Republicans is going, by and large, to schools and libraries in the districts now held by Republican senators. WAMC’s Brian Shields spoke about bullet aid today with Nikki Jones of the Alliance for Quality Education, a school and education advocacy group in New York.
A new alliance of educators, parents, administrators, school board members, unions, and community groups have launched a campaign to boost funding and seek reforms to education. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.
Frustration over teacher layoffs and public school program cutbacks statewide has prompted a new, year-long campaign intent on getting state government to “go back to the drawing board.” Educate NY Now! is demanding that lawmakers uphold New York’s constitutional obligation to provide all students with a quality education.
As some education advocates praise the additional school funding announced as part of the New York State budget agreement, schools must now work through their own budgets, while, for the first time, considering the state’s 2 percent property tax cap.
WAMC’s Patrick Donges spoke to Tim Kremer, executive director of the New York State School Boards Association, on the fiscal future of New York’s schools in the wake of yesterday’s budget agreement.