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Issues: Quality Education for All

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Full Funding

  • Fully fund public schools with an equitable state aid formula.

  • The state should fund the over $4 billion it is behind in providing the aid promised by the Foundation Aid Formula established in 2007.

  • Settle the Funding Lawsuits: Stop the state fighting in court against the two funding equity lawsuits (New York Students’ Educational Rights, Small Cities) and negotiate a settlement to fully and equitably fund all public schools.

  • Reduce class sizes and case loads in public schools.

Gifted-Quality Education for All: Provide access to gifted-quality and vocational curricula without tracking for all students in all public schools.

End High-Stakes Testing

  • Opt Out of high-stakes testing that dumbs down the curriculum to teaching to the test and punishes students, teachers, and schools in high-poverty school districts simply for being poor.

  • Opt Out of the use of high-stakes testing to rationalize the privatization of high-poverty public schools into privately-managed charter schools.

  • Opt In to standards, curricula, and diagnostic tests written by professional teachers in the schools, not by outside corporate contractors.

  • Opt In to teacher and school evaluations based on collaboration.

Desegregation

  • Take affirmative action to desegregate public schools by race and class, the only policy that has worked to radically close achievement gaps and improve the education of all students.

  • State legal support and funding incentives for creating metro school districts with desegregation plans.

Universal Pre-K and Kindergarten: Fully funded, full day, and developmentally appropriate Pre-K and Kindergarten with certified and unionized educators.

Increase Staffing in the State Education Department: The gross understaffing of the Education Department creates bureaucratic delays and undue burdens on local school districts for everything from school repairs and upgrades in classroom technology to student testing and teacher job evaluations.

Universal Free Public University and Technical Education

  • Make CUNY, SUNY, and Community Colleges accessible for all who want to attend as far as their needs, interests, and abilities take them.

  • The Excelsior Scholarship is not enough. It is a selective scholarship program that poorer students cannot afford to use, not a program for free universal access.

  • Provide a minimum livable income for post-secondary education for up to four years.

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