While the governor’s education message in this week’s State of the State message was far less contentious than in past years, the fiscal proposals were a disappointment. Here is an outline of increases the Governor proposes for state aid to schools.
In contrast, the NYS Board of Regents has recommended an increase of $2.4 billion and the Educational Conference Board, representing the larger educational associations including NYS PTA, has recommended an increase of $2.2 billion.
What is left unsaid? The Governor would leave in place 2015 legislation that changed the elements of educator evaluation plans. Instead he supports the recommendations of his Common Core Task Force that would provide flexibility in using student test results on federally mandated tests to evaluate teachers and principals for a period of four years, leaving many of the details for the Board of Regents to evaluate. Likewise, he would leave new requirements that would subject struggling schools to independent “receivership”.
Also not specifically addressed are proposals by the NYS Board of Regents to fund family and community engagement initiatives or added support for the NYS Education Department to provide support and oversight for community school conversions, APPR implementation or family engagement efforts.
Legislative Challenge: The legislature will face several challenges, the most significant being:
We will continue to assess implications of the governor's Executive proposal and potential legislative response, and provide a more detailed look at what might be expected of the legislative session within the next several weeks.