FOR RELEASE: January 3, 2018
CONTACT: David Albert
Governor Cuomo's State of the State speech was short on specifics for public education. We anticipate the upcoming legislative session will be dominated by discussions about state budget deficits and tax restructuring. Worth noting is that the governor never mentioned budget cuts. A few of the education items the governor did propose -- such as funding for prekindergarten, mental health services, and after school programs -- have the potential to make a positive impact on students.
The governor's proposed expansion of Early College High Schools could help students get a jump on their college education and save money by earning college credits in advance.
Finally, we anticipate school districts will have to report more detailed school-building level expenses in response to the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. We would have serious concerns about any state mandate that exceeds federal law and usurps the authority of school boards to allocate funds to individual schools within their districts. Locally elected school boards are closest to their communities and best positioned to determine how to allocate funding to individual schools.