In response to comments from Governor Andrew Cuomo as reported by Politico on Thursday, the Alliance for Quality Education released the following statement:
“Governor Cuomo says he wants to fund schools based on need, but the biggest opposition to making that happen is the Governor himself. The 2007 Foundation Aid formula does not follow the shares agreement, yet the budget that Governor Cuomo has proposed this year adheres to shares,” said Jasmine Gripper, Executive Director, Alliance for Quality Education.
“The disconnect between Governor Cuomo’s rhetoric and the reality of inequity in New York’s public schools is repugnant. Governor Cuomo claims to care about students while denying funding; he claims to care about equity when New York’s schools have the greatest inequity in the country; he claims to care about civil rights while underfunding the schools that serve predominantly Black and Brown children.
“What New York’s schools need is a robust investment of dollars from the state. It’s long overdue for Governor Cuomo to get out of the way of making that a reality.”