Executive Budget Proposal
In a fired-up presentation calling for government by the people and for the people, Governor Cuomo proposed his 2012 Executive Budget. Of particular interest or concern, the governor's proposal included:
• a school aid increase of $805 million reflecting a 4% increase for 2012-13 and 3.5% increase for the following year
• a stunning announcement that unless litigation challenging APPR is settled or withdrawn within the next month, he will impose his own plan to alter the school aid budget proposal; districts that meet the deadline by 9/1/12 would receive their allotted aid and be eligible to go into a pool for grant competition; for those that do not have an agreement in place by the end of the year, state aid for this year could be withheld
• pension reform with the addition of an optional Tier VI for new hires
• shifts in costs for pre-school special education and 3020a disciplinary hearings to school districts
Click here to listen to Governor Cuomo’s presentation and/or obtain a copy of the 2012 Executive Budget.
STEM to STEAM
According to Education Week, the acronym STEM—shorthand for science, technology, engineering and mathematics—has quickly taken hold in education policy circles. Some experts in the arts community and beyond suggest it may be missing another initial to make the combination more powerful. The idea? Move from STEM to STEAM, with an A for the arts. Click to read more of this story.
New York Too Slow in Race to the Top?
On January 10, the US Department of Education issued a progress report on states participating in the Race to the Top program for education reform. Presently New York finds itself on a watch list for failing to fulfill some of the goals set forth in its application for the RTTT program. Specifically, the USDOE targeted delays in developing a statewide database to track student records and in implementing a new system of performance evaluations for teachers and principals. Education Secretary Arne Duncan warned that “backtracking on reform commitments could cost [New York] hundreds of millions of dollars,” while acknowledging that the state has made some progress and faces real challenges in getting approval from over 700 distinct school districts, charter schools, and other education providers for all of these goals. Click to view USDOE’s progress report for New York.
NYS Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. and Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch jointly responded to this report.
Fuel Up to Play 60
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