State Senator Robert Jackson Joins Yonkers Parents, AQE to call for full funding of the State’s Foundation Aid formula as Senate Convenes School Aid Roundtables

YONKERS, N.Y. (October 16, 2019) — Yonkers parents, school officials, community organizations and State Senator Robert Jackson gathered for a press conference Wednesday morning calling for New York State and the New York State Senate to step up to its obligation to fully fund public schools.  Participants gathered outside Yonkers Public Library before the State … Continue reading State Senator Robert Jackson Joins Yonkers Parents, AQE to call for full funding of the State’s Foundation Aid formula as Senate Convenes School Aid Roundtables

Report: New York State Uses Foundation Aid In Name Only, and Black & Latinx Student Pay the Price

ALBANY, N.Y. (October 16, 2019) — A report released Wednesday morning delineates the consequences of New York State’s failure to use its own school funding formula, the Foundation Aid formula, since 2009. The report by the Alliance for Quality Education seeks to bring clarity to the conversation around school funding, as the New York State … Continue reading Report: New York State Uses Foundation Aid In Name Only, and Black & Latinx Student Pay the Price

Alliance for Quality Education Announces New Executive Director

Jasmine Gripper to lead Statewide Education Advocacy Organization Beginning in 2020 ALBANY, N.Y. — Statewide education advocacy organization the Alliance for Quality Education announced today that Jasmine Gripper will be taking on the role of executive director in January 2020. Gripper will be taking over from Billy Easton, who is stepping down after leading the … Continue reading Alliance for Quality Education Announces New Executive Director

Assemblymember Marianne Buttenschon Shortchanges Utica Schools

Utica, N.Y. (June 26, 2019) — Assemblymember Marianne Buttenschon (D-Utica) announced Tuesday that Utica City School District will not receive any of the more than $400,000 in discretionary state education funding that is being directed to schools within the 119th Assembly District this week. Utica, one of the neediest school districts in New York State, is … Continue reading Assemblymember Marianne Buttenschon Shortchanges Utica Schools

New Data Underscores Call to Pass Legislation Now to End the School to Prison Pipeline

Urgent Need for Senator Montgomery’s Solutions Not Suspensions Bill to Address Systemic Racism in School Discipline ALBANY, N.Y. (June 17, 2019) — A new report finds that school disciplinary actions that disproportionately target Black and Latinx youth are feeding the school to prison pipeline. The report, published Monday by education advocacy organization the Alliance for … Continue reading New Data Underscores Call to Pass Legislation Now to End the School to Prison Pipeline

Advocates Demand that Legislature Takes Action on Marijuana, Housing, Criminal Justice & Education

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 29, 2019) — Advocates, tenants, parents, and elected officials joined together Wednesday to call on the State Legislature to work together to pass several important bills, rather than resorting to an end-of-session “Big Ugly” bill that would allow Governor Cuomo to leverage individual issues against each other. Advocates demanded action on bills … Continue reading Advocates Demand that Legislature Takes Action on Marijuana, Housing, Criminal Justice & Education

Education Budget Fails Children

Statement on the 2019-20 Enacted Budget by Jasmine Gripper, Legislative Director, Alliance for Quality Education ALBANY, N.Y. (March 31, 2019)—The 2019-20 enacted budget includes $1 billion total increase in school aid, with $618 million increase in Foundation Aid, which is basic operating aid. This is far below the New York State Board of Regents recommendation … Continue reading Education Budget Fails Children

View from the Classroom: Report on Schools Tour Finds That Underfunding is Depriving Students of Educational Opportunities

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 20, 2019) — The Alliance for Quality Education joined Senator Robert Jackson and a number of other state legislators for a press conference Wednesday to present the findings of a statewide school Equity Tour. Over the past six weeks, Senator Jackson and over a dozen other legislators joined AQE to tour schools across … Continue reading View from the Classroom: Report on Schools Tour Finds That Underfunding is Depriving Students of Educational Opportunities

Assembly & Senate Agree Fully Funding Foundation Aid a Top Priority

New York Students Finally Have Path to Equity & Opportunity ALBANY, N.Y. (March 12, 2019) — The New York State Assembly and Senate both released one house budget proposals for 2019-20 that include a $1.6 billion increase in total school aid and $1.2 billion in Foundation Aid. In response, education advocacy organization the Alliance for Quality … Continue reading Assembly & Senate Agree Fully Funding Foundation Aid a Top Priority

Candidates for Public Advocate Commit to Fighting for Fully Funded Schools, Educational Equity

NEW YORK, N.Y. (February 22, 2019) — Four candidates for New York City public advocate today declared their commitment to fighting for educational equity and fully funding New York City’s public schools, should they be elected to the office. Just four of the 23 candidates on the ballot for public advocate — Ron Kim, Nomiki Konst, … Continue reading Candidates for Public Advocate Commit to Fighting for Fully Funded Schools, Educational Equity