Education Policies in Governor’s Budget A Mixed Bag
Proposals Fail to Offer the Bold Reforms Needed to Fix the State’s Failing Schools
For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
B. Jason Brooks, Director of Research
The education policies proposed in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget unveiled today offer some good ideas, but unfortunately just tinker around the edges of education reform rather than offering a path to overhauling the state’s lowest-performing schools, according to the Foundation for Education Reform & Accountability, an independent statewide education-policy think tank.
Brian D. Backstrom, President of the Foundation for Education Reform & Accountability, said:
“The governor’s executive budget unveiled today does not provide a plan – or even a reason for families and students to hope – for the top-to-bottom restructuring needed of the state’s failed public education system.”
Mr. Backstrom said of some of the specific education policies proposed in the Governor’s executive budget today:
Expanding Learning Time and Early Childhood Education
“Extending the school day and expanding pre-k programs will most benefit students already in quality schools. Students trapped in failing schools, however, won’t benefit from more of the same low-quality instruction for just a longer period of time. The Governor’s budget should have offered publicly-funded scholarships allowing students to escape bad schools and transfer to better-performing public or private schools of choice.”
“The New York City teacher-evaluation debacle showed that the threat of withholding state funds when districts fail to timely implement an approved plan isn’t enough. The state should develop a high-quality ‘default’ teacher-evaluation plan that would be implemented by the state whenever a district fails to act.”
The Foundation for Education Reform & Accountability is an independent, nonprofit, research organization dedicated to improving education in New York State by promoting accountability, stimulating innovation, and supporting school-choice efforts across the state.