"9 Billionaires Are About to Remake New York’s Public Schools—Here’s Their Story," The Nation , George Joseph, March 19, 2015. A Nation investigation reveals how a group of hedge funders are about to get exactly what they paid for.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget for 2015-2016 lays out a punishing education agenda that endangers CUNY, attacks teachers and hurts students.
The governor is pushing an austerity agenda that would decimate the state's public schools and colleges. His budget would:
- woefully underfund the state's K-12 and higher education systems;
- eliminate funding for teacher training and destroy many teacher preparation programs;
- underfund public higher education by tying funding to campus "performance" rather than enrollment;
- smooth the way for the privatization of SUNY's five hospitals;
- fail to fully address the student debt crisis;
- launch a back-door voucher plan that would siphon funding away from schools most in need;
- undermine tenure for K-12 teachers;
- more than double the weight of standardized tests; and
- make permanent an undemocratic tax cap that has wreaked financial havoc on school communities.
Simply put, Gov. Cuomo's proposed budget - which serves the interests of his billionaire backers - is an attack on public education.
Join the Fight! Every PSC member is needed to defend public education and the teaching profession from Gov. Cuomo's assault.
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Op-Eds on Cuomo's Attack on Public Education
- Diane Ravitch, "Andrew Cuomo’s attack on public schools",Daily News, 1/28/15.
- John Mannion, Gov. Cuomo's education agenda: A teacher separates fact from fiction (Commentary), syracuse.com, 1/29/15.
- Scott Brinton, Excuse me, Mr. Cuomo, but teachers are the good guys, liherald.com, 1/29/15.
- "Send Cuomo to the principal’s office," Democrat and Chronicle, 1/28/15.
High Stakes Testing
Click here to read about the American Statistical Association's statement criticizing the use of high-stakes tests and so-called value-added measures (VAM) as a measure of teacher effectiveness.