Thursday, January 05, 2012

Gov. Cuomo On Education


"The future of our state depends on our public schools. A strong, effective school system is the hallmark of a healthy democracy. We must make our schools accountable for the results they achieve and the dollars they spend. I learned my most important lesson in my first year as Governor in the area of public education. I learned that everyone in public education has his or her own lobbyist. Superintendents have lobbyists. Principals have lobbyists. Teachers have lobbyists. School boards have lobbyists. Maintenance personnel have lobbyists. Bus drivers have lobbyists. The only group without a lobbyist? The students. Well, I learned my lesson. This year, I will take a second job -- consider me the lobbyist for the students. I will wage a campaign to put students first, and to remind us that the purpose of public education is to help children grow, not to grow the public education bureaucracy. Today, we are driven by the business of public education more than the achievement in public education. Maybe that's why we spend more money than any other state but are 38th in graduation rates. We have to change the paradigm. We need major reform in two areas: Teacher accountability and student achievement. We need a meaningful teacher evaluation system. The legislation enacted in 2010 to qualify for Race to the Top didn't work. Management efficiency. We must make our schools accountable for the results they achieve and the dollars they spend."

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11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Interesting story. Even more interesting are the comments below the story.

http://www.takepart.com/article/2011/12/07/cyberbaiting-teens-find-high-tech-ways-humiliate-teachers

What is the policy on cell phones in greece schools? We all know about teachers that lose their cool even at the elementary level.

Anonymous said...

Nothing will change in education until the State deals with Tribourough (spelling?) Teacher's unions and tenure has ruined public education. We have school boards negotiating Teacher union contracts that are clueless to the cost and content of these contracts and how they impact student learning. Until this changes, nothing will improve.

Charlie Hubbard said...

Obviously music to my ears. Imagine a liberal/democrat in Albany seeing the problems while locally we continue with 'excuss making' IE - the free and reduced lunch excuss as to why our results lag - or - one of our high schools and middle schools are doing fine so 'we are ok'. Our answer in Greece is divide, divide, divide. My kids are doing ok because (I) got MY kids in that 'good school' so to he## with you other guys.

Remember you can't fix a problem until you first admit you have a problem. Fixing our school of choice (divide) problem should be a small thing but consumes our focus away from the big problems and thats just what those running the system wants.

chubbard005@rochester.rr.com

SCATS said...

To 7:01AM ~~ Students aren't supposed to have cell phones in classrooms. While I don't think students should be "cyber-baiting" teachers, I do think there are teachers who should be recorded for their unprofessional outbursts, rants, verbal abuse, etc. I know exactly what you mean about "even at elementary."

Charlie Hubbard said...

Question; if Cuomo sees this problem from Albany where the he## have our local state reps been???

Believe me when I tell you they are well aware of these problems but lacked the backbone to speak out or help out.

Anonymous said...

Blah blah blah blame the teachers!

SCATS said...

To 7:21PM ~~ That's where it should be, even Cuomo knows it ;)

Anonymous said...

Blame the students that don't care and the parents that aren't there.

The kids that whant to learn - do learn. The kids raised in an environment where they're parent(s) don't value education are the ones growing up thinking society owes them everything.

SCATS said...

To 11:56PM ~~ That argument just doesn't hold water when you look at the numbers. NY state is #1 in spending on education & #38 on performance. Are you suggesting that those parents who don't care all came here to live for the privilege of paying those higher taxes? (and that parents who do care settled in places where it costs much less?)

Anonymous said...

Oddly when a kid doesn't get an assignment in on time he gets penalized.
Tonight I watched the head crybaby from the International Brotherhood of Excuse Makers er I mean Teacher Union crying because Districts are having money withheld for not completing required paperwork.

I've lost track of how many times the Union got more money for promising better education results and crapped the bed.

How about we just scrap the present system and show kids videos. Results can't be any worse.

Anonymous said...

Luv the Guv.

He does not give up.