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    New York City Leads the Way on Universal Pre-K for 3-Year-Olds

    ALBANY, NY (April 24, 2017) — In response to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan announced Monday to expand pre-K to three-year-olds in New York City, the Alliance for Quality Education released the following statement: “Under the leadership of Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York City has been a pioneer in expanding ...

    Modest School Aid Increase in State Budget Cements Cuomo Brand as Penny Pincher on Educational Equity

    Assembly Unity Key to Defeating Governor’s Plan to Repeal Foundation Aid formula and Minimizing Diversion of Funds from Public Schools to Privately Run Charters The Governor and the Legislative Leaders announced a state budget deal. It includes around a $1 billion increase in school aid including $700 million in new Foundation Aid, ...

    Governor Cuomo’s Failure to Deliver On-Time Budget Hurts School Children

    ALBANY, NY (April 3, 2017) — In response to Governor Cuomo’s budget extender legislation, the Alliance for Quality Education released the following statement: "Governor Cuomo has failed to negotiate an on-time budget and now the children of the state will pay the consequences,” said Billy Easton, executive director of the Alliance ...

    Actor Cynthia Nixon Calls Out Governor Cuomo & Senate Majority for DeVos-Style Policies

      Actor and education activist Cynthia Nixon denounced Governor Cuomo and the Senate Republican-Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) Coalition for their plan to take money from public schools and send it to privately run charter schools, saying the plan resembles the policies of Betsy DeVos: "The nearly three million public school students across ...

    Don’t Trade on Our Youth: Say Raise the Age & Public Education Advocates

    No Budget Deal Should Trade Charter School Funding for  Raise the Age  New York State budget negotiations have gone into overtime and among the issues tying up the ability to reach an agreement are Raise the Age and increased funding for privately run charter schools. Public education advocates and Raise the Age ...

    Senate Republicans & IDC Stall State Budget Negotiations Over Charter School Tuition Funding

    For Many Districts, Proposed Spending on Charters Would Consume Education Aid Increases As state budget negotiations continue in the effort to adopt a spending plan before the April 1 deadline, the demand by Senate Republicans and the Senate Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) for increases in charter school tuition funding has emerged ...

    Governor Cuomo Uses Trump As Excuse on Budgets & School Funding

    This afternoon, Governor Andrew Cuomo threatened to use short term extenders instead of passing an on-time budget. The Governor cited the as yet unpassed federal budget as his reason for potentially being unable to negotiate an on-time budget. If the state uses short term budget extenders, then legislators go without ...

    AQE Applauds Parent Victory in School Receivership Lawsuit Vs. Cuomo Administration

    The Alliance for Quality Education applauds the decision by the Appellate court which grants parents and students a major victory against Governor Cuomo’s efforts to withhold $69 million from 20 schools that were placed in receivership. Governor Cuomo withheld funding from all 20 schools when nine of these schools were ...

    Assembly Pre-K Proposal Would Make Much-Needed Progress Toward Fulfilling State’s Promise for Truly Universal Pre-K while Consolidating Expiring Competitive Grant

    ALBANY, NY (March 20, 2017) — The Ready for Kindergarten Ready for College campaign applauds the New York State Assembly’s one house budget proposal for putting the state on a path toward finally fulfilling the promise of pre-kindergarten for all children in New York. The proposal expands access to pre-kindergarten, while ...

    Outraged Ossining & East Ramapo Parents & Advocates Come Together as Senator Carlucci Abandons Promised Funding for High Needs Students, Students of Color

      OSSINING, NY (March 21, 2017) — On Wednesday, Ossining and East Ramapo parents will join advocates for a press conference outside Senator David Carlucci’s office in Ossining. The press conference will call out the Senator’s vote last week blocking state funding owed to Ossining, East Ramapo and other ...

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