Alliance for Quality Education

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A huge gathering of about 500 education officials, parents and students from across the state were bused to Albany on Tuesday to rally for $4.3 billion in state education funding for public schools.  The Alliance for Quality Education is making the case early in the budget season but, they feel the funds can’t come quickly enough.  Legislative Director Jasmine Gripper says students are not always graduating college ready.

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It’s been 10 years since New York’s highest court ordered that more state money be paid to schools with the poorest children. But advocates say in the decade since the 2006 ruling, many so called high needs schools have fallen even further behind.

  The Alliance for Quality Education looked at the school aid in the state budget allotted to 161 of the poorest schools among the over 700 districts in New York.

City Officials Say Syracuse Schools Face Funding Gap

Feb 16, 2016
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Local politicians and Educations officials says Syracuse City Schools are overdue $63 million in State Education Aid.  It dates back to 2007 when the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit was won. Two years later, however, the Alliance for Quality Education says cuts were made that haven’t been restored.  Now officials—such as the organization’s Executive Director Billy Easton—say a $2.4 billion increase in aid to school districts state-wide is necessary.

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  Education funding is always one of the most hotly-debated issues in the state budget...and Governor Cuomo set a starting point in his spending proposal Wednesday.  School advocates believe a substantial increase in Cuomo’s state aid proposal might not even allow schools to keep up.

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Governor Cuomo delivered his joint State of the State and budget message, proposing a $141.6 billion spending plan that in part sets up a show down with teachers and education advocates. The governor wants 100 more charter schools and an overhaul of teacher evaluations, which he says are “baloney”, because virtually all teachers are rated as adequate.“98% of the teachers rated effective,” Cuomo said. “Who are we kidding, my friends?”

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  Teachers, Parents, School Administrators and others wore blue Monday to protest the way public education is being run and funded.