Governor Andrew Cuomo presented a combined State of the State and budget address on January 21, 2015 which he called the “2015 Opportunity Agenda”.
Gary Stern, a reporter for lohud wrote an article the end of December 2014 with some speculations about what Governor Cuomo might include in his State of the State address. Mr. Stern included some dire predictions and some hopeful possibilities.
Unfortunately the dire predictions are what came true and they revolve around the loss of local control of our schools, an increase in state testing and an attack on the teaching profession. Plus, the original budget called for an increase of $377 million but Governor Cuomo has said that, if and only if, all of his proposed education ‘reforms’ are accepted/implemented, he will raise state aid by $1.1 billion.
I am going to save the full extent of my personal thoughts regarding the “2015 Opportunity Agenda” for another post but would like to share the following reactions from various individuals and organizations for your consideration.
Here are links so that you can start by reading/watching Governor Cuomo’s remarks yourself if you are not already familiar with the content of the State of the State address:
- transcript of the 2015 State of the State address
- presentation of the State of the State address – this link contains background information as well as the video of the speech
Reactions from various individuals and organizations that I have come across:
- NYS PTA response
- John Mannion, parent/teacher/president of West Genesee Teacher’s Association – Gov. Cuomo’s education agenda: A teacher separates fact from fiction (Commentary) – syracuse.com
- Daniel Katz, educator with 21 years teaching experience and scholar of education practice and policy articulates the concerns associated with ever increased reliance on state test scores as part of the teacher evaluation (Governor Cuomo wants to increase the state standardized test score component from 20% to 50%)
- Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney – video response
- Senator George Amedore – video response
- Assemblyman Ed Ra – Albany Must Move Forward with Solutions for New York’s Education System
- Jersey Jazzman blog – “Go along with my reformy nonsense, ignore my funding failures”
- Alliance for Quality Education response
There are probably some people who liked Governor Cuomo’s education proposals but I have not come across them. $1 billion dollars is no where near enough to provide the education that the children of New York State deserve and we must NOT hand our schools over to Governor Cuomo!