I’ve been neglecting this blog lately, though continuing to write news stories for the Journal. [Read more…]
“It’s just more welfare for the rich that’s so popular among the paid-for Republicrats infesting the government like termites,” he says.
According to Cuomo’s office, the bill provides:
- Tax credits to low-income families who send their children to nonpublic schools,
- Scholarships to low- and middle-income students to attend either a public school outside of their district or a nonpublic school,
- Incentives to public schools for enhanced educational programming (like after school programs); and,
- Tax credits to public school teachers for the purchase of supplies.
I support all those provisions. And while a tax credit would enable donors to get back part of the money they give away to private or public schools, it would put more money into the education system, not less.
Our new Assemblywoman, Carrie Woerner, is another opponent of the Cuomo proposal, according to a mailing I got from New York State United Teachers, the union. Woerner’s votes on education issues have closely followed the NYSUT line, but I do not agree with Van Zwisohn’s position that people on the other side of an argument are necessarily “paid-for.” I have no reason to doubt that Woerner and Zwisohn sincerely believe they are striving to protect public education by opposing Cuomo’s plan.
The Ballston Spa School District got a lower than expected increase in state aid this year compared with other districts, and that’s something local legislators might reasonably seek to address. They might also question whether new state programs such as Universal Pre-K are taking money away from more urgent needs in the public schools. They might wonder why the money-saving mandate relief that was promised with the property tax cap never materialized (hint: ask NYSUT).
But the pundits and politicians don’t need to take the NYSUT position that any program which might help any student in a Catholic or other private school is necessarily bad for public education. Most New Yorkers, including me, don’t agree with that logic, as is shown by recent polls.
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If you were surprised by last week’s arrest of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on federal corruption charges, you haven’t been paying attention.
Casting our attention north to the Saratoga Springs School District, we find an ongoing controversy between the superintendent, Michael Piccirillo, and the former school board president, Ernset Gailor, with the latter allegedly forced out by the former. [Read more…]