Responses roll in on Cuomo’s budget proposals for schools

Education stakeholders are already weighing in on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget address on education. Cuomo proposed an $800 million increase in education funding, some of which will go to a competitive grants program, and said he would tie state aid increases to the district implementing a teacher evaluation system. He also called on the state education department and the New York State United Teachers to resolve a lawsuit within 30 days to give districts clarity on moving forward.

State Education Commissioner John King Jr.:

“The Governor is right to be frustrated. So far, there’s hasn’t been much progress. Earlier this month, I suspended School Improvement Grants because participating districts had failed to meet the deadline for acceptable agreements on evaluations. Now, the Governor has given SED and New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) 30 days to resolve this issue definitively. We should use those 30 days to have a healthy public debate on evaluations. We’re ready to sit down and start talking.”

 

Billy Easton, director of the Alliance for Quality Education:
“We commend Governor Cuomo for restoring $805 million in school aid; these funds will help students throughout the state.  The exact distribution of these funds and how much is prioritized to high need and average need school districts will take a few days to evaluate. We are greatly concerned that almost one-third of these funds could be distributed based on competition between school districts which has the potential to create a system of educational winners and losers among our students.”

New York State School Boards Association on Twitter

“We appreciate that @nygovcuomo is honoring his commitment to increase education aid by 4 percent.”

“We’re concerned about the amount of state ed aid tied to competitive grants. We’d like to see districts get more flexibility.”

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