This this is an excerpt from a message sent out by Governor Cuomo’s office:
“Our state’s future rests upon the foundation we build today – and that’s why we’re launching the largest infrastructure plan in our state’s history as part of the 2016-17 state budget.
We’re focusing on not only restoring what is, but imagining and achieving what can be. We’re investing more than $55 billion in transportation statewide – including $27.14 billion for programs through the state Department of Transportation and Thruway and $27.98 billion for programs through the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.”
“The Alliance for Quality Education, a watchdog group, says the state of New York owes districts $4.9 billion in aid that it had promised the districts by 2011 to be in compliance with an earlier court ruling.” – See more at: http://www.educationnews.org/education-policy-and-politics/education-org-says-new-york-state-owes-school-districts-billions/#sthash.OlACafhm.dpuf
It is obvious that the governor’s office feels that roads are the foundation of our state’s future, not our children.
Investing in transportation instead of our children shows exactly how little our leaders care about the education of our greatest resource.
While the governor is concerned about New York’s roads, the “school to prison pipeline” in New York State flows freely without attention.
The road travelled by adults is determined by the paths they are offered as children. Asphalt will mend the potholes in a street and repaving a road makes it look and ride smoother however, there is very little that will repair the damage done to an individual who is incarcerated as a child.
Roads will always need repair, they are inanimate objects. To place the importance of repairing a road over the education of a child is an unconscionable choice that our leaders have made.
Every child in this state and in this country deserves a developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their individual gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, respectful, actively engaged citizens.
Once we provide every child with an excellent education they will be able to develop a system of roads that will not cost more to repair than it does to educate a child.
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