Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on Gov. Cuomo's report on 'failing' schools
FOR RELEASE: February 26, 2015
CONTACT: David Albert
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo unleashed his latest diatribe against New York's public schools today, this time releasing a 200-page report comparing the results of "priority schools" to their state aid allocations.
We need to engage in a constructive approach to improving our schools. A Siena Poll released this week pointed to three areas most in need of improvement in our public schools: overcoming poverty, providing adequate education funding, and increasing parental involvement.
As the governor's own report points out, more than half of the students in New York's public schools are economically disadvantaged. Let's tackle the root causes of poor academic achievement rather than criticize those who work to overcome these obstacles.
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