Last week, Governor Cuomo doubled down on his commitment to putting “students first” when laying out his education policies.  Speaking in Buffalo, Governor Cuomo demanded state policymakers to acknowledge what many parents in New York know all too well: the situation in our failing public schools is too dire to continue doing “business as usual.”

In his interview with The Buffalo News, Cuomo put it simply, saying, “Failing schools are not acceptable. Period. It has to end, and it has to end now.”

He’ll be releasing the details of his education plan in his State of the State address in January, but already he has lauded a number of school turnaround initiatives, like creating community schools (wherein schools partner with community organizations to provide students comprehensive services), allowing successful charter schools to lead school turnarounds and giving mayors more opportunity to influence troubled school districts.

Here at NYCAN we’re looking forward to hearing more about his plan, and to working with the Governor and all state leaders to translate that plan into real change for kids. Make sure to follow our blog for the latest on the governor’s proposal, what NYCAN is doing, and what you can do to help turn New York into a place where all children—no matter who they are or where they live—can thrive.


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