Fully fund Foundation Aid for New York’s public schools
By Eliot Spitzer, Commentary Published 4:27 pm, Wednesday, February 15, 2017
“. . . the formula has been chronically underfunded. As a result, New York is now in the company of states like Mississippi and Georgia where, year-in and year-out, funding formulas are consistently ignored to the detriment of students.
And today, a decade later, as a consequence, we see in far too many schools the same conditions that led to the CFE lawsuit in the first place.
That’s why I am especially disappointed that the current budget proposal would eliminate the Foundation Aid formula entirely and, with it, the $4.3 billion still owed under the formula to our schools.
The lack of funding means that, across New York, we will continue to see the glaring educational deficits we intended to address through funding the Foundation Aid formula. Elementary-grade classes are crowded with 30 students or more. Schools lack enough specialized teachers for English language learners. Guidance counselors serve 400 to 800 students, leaving little opportunity for individualized attention for students. School libraries operate with reduced hours. Summer school classes and tutoring are in short supply for students who have fallen behind and are at risk of dropping out.
New York can and must do better. We all now acknowledge that as a moral, constitutional and economic imperative we have to invest properly in the education of our children. Yet today we still are not providing children with what they are entitled to and deserve — the opportunity for a “sound basic education.”
Our children are entitled to and deserve an excellent education.
Our governments, local, state, and federal, have denied the children of America the right to an excellent education that is developmentally appropriate, founded in the Arts, and experiential, an education that concentrates on discovering, developing and directing their gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, respectful, actively engaged citizens who vote on the issues not with the party.
It is time that we, the people of the United States, fight for our children and against the ignorance that keeps us under corporate control.
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