Libs pledge private school funding labor defends government’s approach to education and funding cuts

Libs pledge private school funding labor defends government’s approach to education and funding cuts By William Kennedy 18 March 2009 New York State Education Commissioner Mary Gladden-Coyne said on Saturday that private school reform proposals were “the only thing that’s actually going to change the status quo.” Speaking at the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) conference at the National Press Club, Gladden-Coyne warned that efforts to reform public schools would have been stopped by cuts in the budget that she said were “unnecessary and unthinkable.” She added: “It’s going to take more than a couple of budget votes to get the changes that we need to make happen for students and families.” Gladden-Coyne and the education department were expected to announce a slew of measures to overhaul New York schools, in강릉출장샵 강릉출장안마cluding a proposal to allow public schools and charter schools to spend up to 15 percent of their annual budget on higher education and a proposal to limit the amount of teacher union-backed education reform by reducing the number of seats for teacher candidates. The New York State Department of Education (DES) also is expected to propose $4.8 billion over four years to pay for teacher retraining and other job training for teachers, according to a report by the state Assembly Public Ed부산 출장 안마ucation Committee. “Our public-school budget is a little over $1 trillion,” said Gladden-Coyne. “Every student should be able to walk into any school and learn about, and then we need to fund it through the tax revenues, the public진주안마 education budget, the school building and infrastructure budget to reach our goal. … If you can raise and spend your tax dollars to go to school and you can be an educator then what is the price for your education?” Gladden-Coyne made these remarks in support of a proposal put forward by the National Association of State Education Officers (NASE). The plan proposes a system in which, for the first time in its history, private education funds would be available for public education. A teacher or a parent would send a letter to their school board, requesting money for teacher training and retraining. State education officials would work with parents to identify which students are in need of help but would not have to be represented in the process. The state would pay for all of the costs of the teacher retraining. The NASE proposal seeks to end teacher unionization through a proposal that could save up to $15 million annually.