Lawmakers Pass Key Child Care Legislation in final push, but leave East Ramapo students high and dry

ALBANY, N.Y. (June 11, 2024) — Following the conclusion of the New York State legislative session, the public education advocacy organization Alliance for Quality Education released the following statement: “The three child care bills that the Senate and Assembly passed last week together will fundamentally change for the better the experience families have when they … Continue reading Lawmakers Pass Key Child Care Legislation in final push, but leave East Ramapo students high and dry

Rejecting the Mayor’s Militarization of Schools and Communities in NYC

New York City, N.Y. (June 5, 2024) — In response to Mayor Eric Adams’ recent decision to use $225 million of city resources on a new Public Safety Academy in Queens, the Alliance for Quality Education released the following response: “Imagine a world where our cities prioritize investments in books and classrooms over police academies … Continue reading Rejecting the Mayor’s Militarization of Schools and Communities in NYC

East Ramapo: 2 state bills offer extra money, but take different approaches to oversight

Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski’s bill, A.10407, proposes placing the East Ramapo school district under a fiscal control board, while Senator Shelley Mayer’s bill, S.9833, introduces a community liaison and a $20 million state aid advance. Both bills would offer a $20 million advance on state aid for the district, but Mayer’s bill stipulates that if the … Continue reading East Ramapo: 2 state bills offer extra money, but take different approaches to oversight

Who’s endorsing Jamaal Bowman and George Latimer?

In the highly contested Democratic primary for New York’s 16th Congressional District, incumbent Rep. Jamaal Bowman is challenged by Westchester County Executive George Latimer. This race, endorsed by the Alliance for Quality Education, underscores significant issues such as foreign policy and education funding, with implications for the district spanning from the Bronx to Westchester County. … Continue reading Who’s endorsing Jamaal Bowman and George Latimer?

AQE Responds to College Protests on Genocide in Gaza

NEW YORK, N.Y. (May 6, 2024) — Public education advocacy organization the Alliance for Quality Education released the following statement on the protests happening at college campuses across the country in response to the genocide in Gaza:  “We at AQE believe in, and exercise, our right to protest, and believe that students have this right. … Continue reading AQE Responds to College Protests on Genocide in Gaza

How New York’s mayoral control deal got done

Mayor Eric Adams faced potential loss of control over NYC schools, but a last-minute deal extended mayoral control for two more years, shorter than desired. Concessions were made, diminishing Adams’ power over a panel and requiring more compliance with class-size laws. Despite setbacks, the deal averted worse outcomes and allowed Adams to focus on other … Continue reading How New York’s mayoral control deal got done

School and Foundation Aid safe for this year, but Gov. Hochul Put Child Care on the Chopping Block 

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 20, 2024) — In response to the finalization of the New York State budget, public education advocacy organization the Alliance for Quality Education released the following response:  “This should have been a year New York could have done great things, get kids to their maximum potential, and to build a continuous and … Continue reading School and Foundation Aid safe for this year, but Gov. Hochul Put Child Care on the Chopping Block 

A mayoral control renewal is looming

Negotiations over the extension of mayoral control over NYC public schools intensify as Governor Hochul advocates for its continuation; meanwhile, the SED’s report adds complexity to the debate with calls for reforms. Lawmakers and educators face questions regarding accountability and effectiveness as the June expiration deadline approaches. Read the full article.