Democratic Supermajority Puts New York Closer to Fully Funded Public Schools​

ALBANY, N.Y. (November 23, 2020) — In response to Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins’ announcement today that the Democratic Conference has won a supermajority in the State Senate, the public education advocacy organization Alliance for Quality Education released the following statement: “As the final ballots are counted, today we celebrate a historic Democratic supermajority in … Continue reading Democratic Supermajority Puts New York Closer to Fully Funded Public Schools​

New York Must Prioritize Students, Not Profits In COVID-19 Response

ALBANY, N.Y. (November 17, 2020) — As COVID-19 infection rates again rise across New York State, the public education advocacy organization Alliance for Quality Education released the following statement: “New York’s families need leadership and a plan that prioritizes children. As the pandemic worsens, our state and local leaders are still prioritizing the bottom lines of … Continue reading New York Must Prioritize Students, Not Profits In COVID-19 Response

NY Budget Director Unconcerned With Students’ Wellbeing

ALBANY, N.Y. (September 16, 2020) — In response to comments made by state Budget Director Robert Mujica in an op-ed to the Times Union, public education advocacy organization the Alliance for Quality Education released the following statement: “Governor Cuomo has been threatening public schools with a 20 percent cut to state funding for over four months. School … Continue reading NY Budget Director Unconcerned With Students’ Wellbeing

NY Public Schools Mandated to Pay Charter Tuition in Full, Even as They Face 20% Cuts

ALBANY, N.Y. (September 9, 2020) — A white paper released on Wednesday by the public education advocacy organization Alliance for Quality Education shows that even as public schools face a 20 percent cut in state aid, school districts will still be mandated to pay 100 percent of tuition for publicly funded, privately run charter schools. The … Continue reading NY Public Schools Mandated to Pay Charter Tuition in Full, Even as They Face 20% Cuts

20% School Cuts Would Impact Black & Brown Students the Most

ALBANY, N.Y. (September 1, 2020) — A report released Tuesday by the public education advocacy organization Alliance for Quality Education shows how Governor Cuomo’s pandemic-era policies continue a trend of balancing the state’s budget at the expense of the educational resources and opportunities for Black, Brown and low-income students. Just a few short weeks from the … Continue reading 20% School Cuts Would Impact Black & Brown Students the Most

Schools Hit with 20% Cut Right Before Start of School Year

ALBANY, N.Y. (August 19, 2020) — Last week the New York State budget office informed school districts statewide that it was temporarily withholding 20 percent of the State’s payments. This presents a major challenge for all New York school districts, but is catastrophic for the Big Five. Statewide, New York’s schools stand to lose over $5 … Continue reading Schools Hit with 20% Cut Right Before Start of School Year

New York’s School Reopening Plan Has Failed Before It Begins

Schools lack the resources required to meet the needs of students for in person and remote learning  ALBANY, N.Y. (August 7, 2020) — In response to Governor Cuomo’s announcement allowing New York State school districts to reopen in the fall if the COVID-19 infection rate remains low, the public education advocacy organization Alliance for Quality … Continue reading New York’s School Reopening Plan Has Failed Before It Begins

Long Island Communities Hit Hardest by COVID-19 Have Most Underfunded Schools

Impacted districts face $46 million in further state cuts Massapequa, N.Y. (July 28, 2020) — Long Island’s Black, Latinx and low-income children are at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic as a result of pre-existing health disparities, limited community resources and chronically underfunded schools. A new report, Sickness, Death & Cuts: The impact of COVID-19 … Continue reading Long Island Communities Hit Hardest by COVID-19 Have Most Underfunded Schools

AQE Releases Community-Centered Roadmap for a Just School Reopening

ALBANY, N.Y. (July 10, 2020) — Public education advocacy organization the Alliance for Quality Education released a “roadmap” for reopening New York’s public schools in September, centering the recommendations and voices of parents, students, educators and others in cities and communities across the state. As New York’s school districts grapple with how to safely reopen school buildings … Continue reading AQE Releases Community-Centered Roadmap for a Just School Reopening

Mayor & City Council Balance Budget on Backs of Kids to Protect Cops

Parents of the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice and the Alliance for Quality Education, along with the millions of parents, students and educators across the city, are infuriated by and dismayed at this year’s education budget. Mayor de Blasio, Speaker Johnson, and the entire City Council have failed the children of NYC. “The 1.1 million … Continue reading Mayor & City Council Balance Budget on Backs of Kids to Protect Cops