Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on State of the State/Budget
FOR RELEASE: January 21, 2015
CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 783-3716 or (518) 320-2221
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Governor Cuomo today delivered a broad, sweeping vision for reforming the public education system.
We admire the governor’s willingness to take on such bold initiatives as reforming the cumbersome teacher disciplinary process, repairing the state’s broken teacher and principal evaluation system, and rewarding exemplary teachers.
But state aid to school districts should not be held hostage to education reforms. Without knowing how much state funding they will receive, school boards will not be able to properly develop their budgets and estimate their tax levies.
We are concerned that the governor’s speech made little mention of anything positive about public education. Schools need relief from the Gap Elimination Adjustment and a greater investment in Foundation Aid, not an expansion of charter schools or adoption of education tax credits.
Even the governor’s $1.1 billion funding proposal – which is only available if lawmakers adopt his package of reforms — falls way short of the amount schools need to sustain current programs.
While we support efforts to improve student achievement in chronically underperforming schools, we would oppose those solutions that unduly place blame on elected school board members for issues that may be beyond their control.
The governor’s proposals represent a starting point. We look forward to working with lawmakers to support New York’s public schools.
About NYSSBA: The New York State School Boards Association represents more than 650 school boards and more than 5,000 school board members in New York. NYSSBA provides advocacy, training, and information to school boards in support of their mission to govern the state's public schools.