Archive for May, 2012

Governor’s rating up on handling education, still below overall job approval

May 30th, 2012 by Robert Lowry

Results from the latest rendition of Quinnipiac University’s New York State poll are out today.  Among other findings, it shows voter approval of Governor Cuomo’s handling of education is up from February.

It also reports some disjointed thinking by voters on the issue of releasing teacher evaluations. Read the rest of this entry »

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School budget vote results — a new record for yes vote share

May 21st, 2012 by Robert Lowry

The State Education Department did not release its tabulation of school budget vote results until Friday, so we were delayed in producing our analysis until today.

Below are some highlights from the results, followed by further analysis and commentary.

Here is a collection of charts and tables summarizing the results. Read the rest of this entry »

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Friday Wrap-Up — May 11, 2012

May 11th, 2012 by Robert Lowry

Some of the news we have highlighted on Twitter and our homepage over the past week, including school budget votes, pronouncements from state leaders, a bit more on testing controversies and teacher evaluations, and a few other subjects… Read the rest of this entry »

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Tax cap voting: Ask a different question, get a different answer

May 11th, 2012 by Robert Lowry

Next Tuesday, schools across the state will have their first experience with voters deciding whether to approve requested tax levy increases.

Up until this year, voters have been deciding whether to approve an authorized spending level for their school districts.

We will be looking to see if changing the question voters are asked to decide changes the outcomes and the turnout. Read the rest of this entry »

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Friday Wrap-Up — May 4, 2012

May 4th, 2012 by Robert Lowry

Some of the news we have highlighted on Twitter and our homepage over the past week or so, covering mandates, State Education Department news, the Governor’s Education Reform Commission, and the NYSUT Representative Assembly. Read the rest of this entry »

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What property tax report cards say about the state of school district finances…

May 2nd, 2012 by Robert Lowry

Here is a power point presentation analyzing the property tax report cards school districts filed with the State Education Department for the votes coming up on May 15.

Some of the key findings: Read the rest of this entry »

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A commission of outsiders

May 2nd, 2012 by Robert Lowry

Earlier this week, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the membership of the Education Reform Commission he promised in his State of the State address in early January.

It will be chaired by Richard Parsons, a retired chair of Citigroup, who was once an assistant counsel to Governor Nelson Rockefeller, among other roles.

The members include State Education Commissioner John King, the Chancellors of the State and City University systems, the Chairs of the Assembly and Senate Education Committees, and many accomplished and impressive people from the non-profit and higher education sectors.

More than a few leaders in public education have remarked, however, on the absence of anyone currently working in a public school or serving on a school board in the state.

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