Archive for January, 2013

The Governor’s School Aid proposal — understanding the moving parts

January 27th, 2013 by Robert Lowry

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Home Room, January 22, 2013

January 22nd, 2013 by Robert Lowry

At 2 pm today, Governor Cuomo will present his 2013-14 proposed state budget.

We will send out whatever information we get as soon as it becomes public, including School Aid runs.

Several media sources have noted that leaks and previews have been much scarcer than in prior years.

The big questions in education are:

(1) How much of an overall aid increase will the Governor propose?;

(2) How much of the increase might be directed to expanding prekindergarten, extending the school day or year, and the other new initiatives the Governor described in his State of the State address two weeks ago?; and

(3) Will he propose any significant mandate relief?

In the meantime, below is some of the news we have highlighted in our blog and on Twitter over the past week. Read the rest of this entry »

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A postmortem on the evaluation deadline

January 21st, 2013 by Robert Lowry

All but six of New York’s school districts had teacher and principal evaluation plans approved by the State Education Department by the January 17 deadline prescribed by law at Governor Cuomo’s insistence last year.

We are relieved and surprised by the small number of districts without approved plans.

What superintendents think about the quality of those plans, their impact on teaching and learning, and what had to be done to get approval are questions we will be exploring in the weeks ahead.

The state’s largest district was one of the handful missing the deadline.

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The Elephant in the Room

January 14th, 2013 by Robert Lowry

There was an elephant in the room when Governor Andrew Cuomo talked about education in his State of the State address last week.  In this case, we’re not referring to the symbol of the Republican Party.

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Reaction to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address

January 9th, 2013 by Robert Lowry

Here is the Council’s statement in reaction to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address today:

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The Governor’s Education Reform Commission: A Start

January 8th, 2013 by Robert Lowry

I was flattened by the flu last week and did not get to offering commentary on the preliminary report of the Governor’s Education Reform Commission.

Here it is now.

Reaction to the report was mostly positive from education advocacy groups, and a bit more skeptical from active superintendents.

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