On Tuesday, January 14, 2014, Alliance for Quality Education (AQE) and Metro Justice are sponsoring a bus to Albany for a “No More Excuses” rally calling for State legislative support to educate every student.
The Alliance for Quality Education is calling for:
$1.9 billion in new School Aid.
$ 1 billion in new classroom operating aid distributed equitably
$225 million for full-day pre-K
$110 million for college-ready community schools
$300 million for curriculum restoration and improvement
$20 million for supports and interventions to build a positive school climate
$250 million in expense-based aids
* More teaching and learning, less testing.
* Raise NYC’s millionaires’ tax to pay for quality full-day pre-k for all New York City four-year-olds and after-school programs for all middle school students.
Governor Cuomo’s answer to the crisis in education, merit pay for teachers.
According to AQE, under the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, “The state still owes schools $5.5 billion in Campaign for Fiscal Equity funding. In 2007, the Governor and the legislature decided to settle the lawsuit on a statewide basis, promising to provide $5.5 billion over four years to all school districts, targeting most of the funding to high need districts which had been chronically underfunded. Only two years of increased funding was provided to schools in 2007 and 2008. Then, in 2009, the state froze funding. In 2010 and 2011, the state cut $2.7 billion from education funding—reversing the progress made under CFE. Schools have never recovered from these cuts. In 2012 the state added $805 million and in 2013 the state added $962 million, but these amounts were not enough to prevent school districts from making more cuts let alone restore programs that were lost.”
Fiscal Equity will never occur until we change the system of education so that it concentrates on providing and excellent to every child.
Governor Cuomo wants to reward teachers for following a plan of failure that insures future profits for corporations that are capitalizing on the educational failure of our children.
We cannot continue to be fooled by those who believe that education should be run as a business.
An excellent education must become a Federally guaranteed, Constitutional right of every child in America.
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