Archive for June, 2015

Extending the property tax cap as is — there are better options

June 17th, 2015 by Robert Lowry

Today, the Council joined with other school and local government groups to urge the legislature to defer action on extending the property tax cap, or making it permanent.  It is not due to expire until next year.

Below are my remarks as prepared for delivery — I omitted some passages at the event.  The recommendations I refer to are those developed by the Educational Conference Board. Read the rest of this entry »

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Drawing Battle Lines Over Privatization

June 5th, 2015 by Robert Lowry

Why a fight over tax credits for private schools is about far more than tax credits for private schools

By Terrance N. Pratt, Assistant Director for Government Relations

This time of year we sometimes find ourselves battling another political interest, and the fight is usually straightforward: management vs. labor, business sector vs. public sector.  But this year we find ourselves battling a rather small tax credit, something that advocates make sound very appealing, and that has now become the number one education priority of the Governor.  Likewise, it has become a top priority of a host of interests for and against, including The Council.

The question is: Why? Read the rest of this entry »

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We’re Number 1. Why?

June 2nd, 2015 by Robert Lowry

Today, the Empire Center for Public Policy reported on new Census Bureau data finding that, once again, New York leads the nation in per pupil spending on its public schools.

Seldom does anyone stop to ask why New York schools spend at the levels they do. Read the rest of this entry »

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