Future Of NY Schools, Teachers On Line In Budget

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York’s lawmakers will get their hands on the part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget most dear to many of them: school aid.

Tuesday’s budget hearing in Albany will set the course for some of the year’s most heated confrontations between the popular new governor and the Legislature.

Cuomo proposes a historic cut of 7.3 percent in school aid.

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Public school advocates say that will force thousands of teacher layoffs, larger classes and hurt students the most.
Lawmakers, led by Assembly Democrats, are listening.

A poll released Monday shows New Yorkers who support Cuomo’s hard-times budget least want to see any cuts in school aid.

Advocates note $1.2 billion being cut from school aid is equal to the school aid required under a court order to adequately fund education.

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  • rce

    It seems the media believes ALL senior teachers are incompetent and all new teachers are wonderful. More Union busting by the usual suspects and their friends.

  • retired

    Not all new teachers are motivated like some of the older teachers, they come in thinking they know everything, not wanting to listen to those with the experience. The real problem is the adminstration and the excess number of them.

  • steve wu

    Since we have been surpassed by nations who offer so much less to their students, where have we gone wrong in this great social experiment that we call public education?
    Teachers unions !

  • richard

    Fact is, like all Union jobs in NYC and NYS.. they all get extremely, EXTREMELY generous benifits and pensions that no-one in the real world gets.. only those that live in fantasy union land…so, the Union could give back some of these over bloated benifits and it would save thousaands of teching jobs showing real dedication to the students.. it will never happen though…I’m just glad my kid only has another 2 years to go…

    • rce

      Guess your facts don’t include that the EXTREMELY generous benefits and pensions were the result of give and take bargaining with the City. You get nothing for nothing in this world. If you think City jobs are so great, why didn’t you test for one when no one wanted them?

  • VY

    Education is our nation ans state’s future.
    Paying for bloated duplicate levels of adminstators for each tiny school district hurts those efforts to deliver quality edducation.
    Consolidate the school boards to between 1, 2,, or 3 per county, and you will go a long way too stablizing both the quality and the cost of education.

  • CR

    Education is our nation’s future…always will be and always has been. That being said, I agree because my children and that of my friends have had many “poor” techers who can never be fired. TENURE MUST GO. At the present time, NYC is facing a “last in first out” policy. This ultimately guarantees older, staid teachers retain their jobs and the new motivated teachers will loose their jobs. Mediocrity is not acceptable in teaching our children. Yet the teacher’s union thinks this is entirely acceptable. Gov. Cuomo’s cuts to education are not the problem: Teacher Unions and TENURE are to the problems. Why are teacher’s unions afraid of removing guranteed tenure vs. an every 5 year “certifying” test where they must demonstrate they are continuing to keep up their classroom skills?

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