A lot happened in education news yesterday, so we figured a mid-week rundown was in order. And away we go. We’ll add news coverage as it emerges. (note: post has been updated on 1/15 @ 9 am)
Cuomo’s Education Reform Commission issues final report
A commission charged by Gov. Andrew Cuomo with issuing recommendations for improving the state’s education commission finally issued its report on Tuesday, 19 months after it was launched and four months after it was initially expected to issue the report. The New NY Education Reform Commission’s report entitled “Putting Students First” had six main reccomendations:
- Expand early education because it is critical for getting students on a path to success.
- Expand the use of technology in our schools, especially schools that have not been able to keep pace.
- Reward the best and brightest educators, especially in our struggling schools.
- Replicate programs that connect high school to college in order to create greater college opportunities, especially for underrepresented students.
- Strategically invest in higher education to successfully connect students to the workforce.
- Focus on efficiencies to reinvest administrative savings into the classroom.
- Late work will be accepted: Cuomo’s Ed Reform panel releases final report
- Cuomo ed panel recommends more pre-K, skips Common Core
- New York state’s education reform commission issues final report
NYS Comptroller Dinapoli releases school revenue report
According to a report issued on Tuesday, Jan. 14 by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, New York’s school districts have faced major fluctuations in their federal and state aid over the last decade and revenue growth was nearly flat the last three years, averaging only 1.3 percent. The report is part of DiNapoli’s fiscal stress initiative which is focusing greater attention on the issues that contribute to the financial pressures on local governments and school districts across the state.
“School districts are caught in a financial bind and are struggling for a way out,” said DiNapoli. “State and federal aid have noticeably slowed, local property tax revenues are capped and their rainy day funds are limited. While this combination of factors has forced school districts to tighten their belts, too many high-need school districts are left with limited options. Clearly, there needs to be a broader discussion about the challenges facing school districts and how we balance the impact of fiscal stress against efforts to hold down property taxes.”
- The Alliance for Quality Education held a rally attended by 1,000+ parents, students & community members who demanded “No More Excuses” & called for Governor Cuomo to invest $1.9 billion in school aid this year.
- Ramya Ramana of Queens, the city’s 2014 Youth Poet Laureate, accompanied AQE advocates to the Capitol today and performed a poem on themes of income inequality, race and education.
- Silver Sees Need For ‘Slower’ Common Core Implementation
- How The Common Core Became Education’s Biggest Bogeyman