One day before Governor Cuomo is expected to outline an overhaul of the state’s school system, education groups launched a preemptive spin on what might be proposed.
Governor Cuomo, at a business breakfast, called teachers, school boards, and other advocates the most “sophisticated political machine” in state government, that is most concerned with getting more money.
“And you know what it’s gotten us?” Cuomo asked. “A larger and larger bureaucracy, and higher salaries for the people who work in the education industry.”
Governor Cuomo continued the roll out of his 2015 agenda Tuesday with details of an infrastructure plan that includes upgrading New York City region airports to providing broadband for upstate rural areas. The governor also offered clues to another key item- education, where he seems determined to take on the status quo.
Hundreds of school children, parents and union organizers and leaders came to the Capitol to rally for more money for New York’s schools. The event was part of what’s become known as the Moral Monday movement.
Up to 1000 people, including the President of New York’s NAACP, Hazel Dukes, will hold a rally at the Capitol Monday for a rally to convince state lawmakers to fulfill a 2006 court order to spend billions more dollars on New York’s schools each year.
The groups say to fulfill the court order, schools need $6 billion more dollars a year, with a greater share going to the poorest schools.