Statement from Governor Cuomo on Warning from the U.S. Department of Education

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Cuomo, Andrew"As I said in my State of the State Address, this state is facing a crisis in our education system and how we hold our schools accountable for their performance in educating our children. We cannot allow a system to continue where we spend the most of any state on education, but rank only 38th in results. It does a disservice to both the student and the taxpayer.

"We have a system that protects the massive education bureaucracy rather than focusing on investing in our classrooms. The forces that protect this bureaucracy have stymied reform at every turn, and as a result, hundreds of millions of dollars in education funding are now at risk.

"One of the tasks set forth by the original Race to the Top competition was simple – design a teacher evaluation system that holds teachers accountable for their performance. Without a doubt, the system the state designed to accomplish this goal has been a failure.

"Secretary Duncan’s report saying New York is on the watch-list for failure is yet another warning that the inability of school districts across the state and their unions to come together has jeopardized the quality of our kids' education. New York State’s students are now in danger of losing hundreds of millions of dollars because of the failure to devise a teacher evaluation system that works.

"We need to achieve both short term and long term reform of this failed system. I will pursue such reform aggressively.

"In the short term, I call on the State Department of Education, local school districts and the union leadership to expedite their negotiations on a teacher evaluation system to prevent the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding.

"Over the long term, we need to overhaul the system and change the law on the books. The Assembly-led legislation in 2010 protected the teachers union at the expense of the students and instituted a system that was destined to fail."


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  1. I would like to make a suggestion to the governor
    as to what needs to be overhauled..first of all not
    everyone can teach ..even if they have a teaching degree..those who can’t must be fired…those who
    can and do so exceptionally must be rewarded..there can be no such thing as tenure as the result of all kids do not learn the same way
    there are all kinds of studies regarding the way
    children learn…but yet teachers only teach one way
    and that way is not always effective for many of
    todays there needs to be a variety of methodologies used in the class rooms and kids who
    can’t not learn traditionally must be taught the english language is a difficult
    complex can’t learn it without being
    taught GRAMMAR…and that means the old fashioned
    way of learning adjectives and adverbs nouns and
    pro nouns, prepositions both direct and indirect..if
    we don’t teach kids basic reading and writing skills
    at an early age and identify those who need special
    effort then you can forget about college for these
    kids..finally math skills…the reason we suck is that
    no one knows math..they don’t understand algebra,geometry or trig..and they don’t understand it
    in many cases because the teachers only teach it one
    dimensionally..that has to change…so let’s begin
    to make our schools first class again…

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