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Saturday, January 31, 2015

EDLAWFAQs: Jose Rodriguez Wins His PERB Complaint (Rodriguez v DOE 2013)

Can a U-rating be reversed when a teacher is disciplined for protected activity?
Yes. The Public Employees’ Fair Employment Act codifies public employee labor relations in New York State. The statutory framework provides for a Board to oversee the public employee labor relations and has certain powers to protect public employees engaged in Union activity termed protected activity.
Rodriguez taught at P.S. 173 and for 32 years “had an unblemished record.” He was also the Chapter Leader at the school and had never filed a grievance on his behalf. In April 2010 he submitted a preference sheet and was not assigned his preference. He filed a grievance.
Rodriguez alleged that, as a result of his grievance, he was subjected to an excessive number of classroom visits and observations including 58 unannounced “pop-in” visits. After the filing of a second grievance regarding lesson plans Rodriguez was subjected to still further scrutiny.
Additional animus was evident from the filing of a disciplinary letter to Rodriguez file and rating him with a U-rating.
Rodriguez appealed to PERB where he demonstrated the anti-union activity bias. AlJ Elena Cacavas ruled that the DOE had violated the act and ordered that the disciplinary letter and unsatisfactory rating be rescinded.

Friday, January 30, 2015

FACES: Dr. Timothy F. Lisante, Superintendent of District 79

Riker's Island. The kids incarcerated there are forgotten. Nothing shows the disconnect between the NYC DOE and reality more than the reports of those reporters and people who believe that horror has to be public.

Report Found Distorted Data on Jail Fights at Rikers Island

October 1, 2014  

Getting Teen-agers out of Solitary at Rikers




Justice Scholars Enable Teens to Get Back on Track
By: Bianca Flowers | July 14, 2014

Pathways of Possibility Conference
CUNY Baruch  College
February  27, 2013
GED Plus 
Career & Technical Education
Services for Student Parents
Educational Programs for Students in Drug Treatment
Correctional Education
Co Op Tech
ReStart Academy
Phoenix Academy
East River Academy
Passages Academy 
Youth Justice Education
(Involuntary Settings) 
Programmatic Areas
Schools & Programs 
Educational Pathways/  Challenges / Promising Practices
District 79 Portfolio of Programs
EAST RIVER ACADEMY – Rikers Graduation  2012

GED PLUS  Graduation

Critical Partnerships for D79 Programs that serve

Court-Involved Students
      City Agencies:
      • New York City Police Department/School Safety
      • Department of Probation
      • ACS/Division of Youth and Family Justice
      • Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
      • Department of Youth and Community Development
      • Department of Correction
 Interagency Committees/Networks
      • NYC Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee
      • School Justice Taskforce
      • Alcohol/Substance Abuse Provider’s (ASAP) Youth Committee
      • ICC Court-Involved Youth Working Group
      • Re-Entry Education Network

D79 Advocacy                 Solutions Intervention

DOE Court Liaisons provide current and applicable information that supports court-involved students in achieving their educational goals
Back on Track (collaboration with the District Attorney’s Office) and Outreach Academy are Re-Start  programs that serve as alternatives for overage middle school students. GED classes in 3 different NY courts Close to Home initiative expanded Passages Academy to support students in building social and emotional and academic skills. Close to Home impacts youth placed by the Family Court in ACS custody.  Adolescent Behavioral Learning Experience (ABLE) is a partnership between  DOE, DOC and the Osborne Association to support ERA students in reducing the likelihood of re-incarceration 

Re-Entry Support

      • Home School Re-entry Process allows students who transition out of ERA and Passages to return to the their home school’s register immediately
      • Referral Centers for High School Alternatives connect students who have had an interruption in their studies to alternative education program 
      • Transition Counselors at ERA and Passages prepare student for their return to the community and connect students with no home school to Referral Centers 
      • Specially trained Probation Officers for 16-17 year olds

Current Initiatives for Students who are Court-Involved Intervention 
      • PEAK program is a school based diversion program in collaboration with the Department of Probation which will  provide  support  and programming including robust after-school and summer offerings
      • Enhance options for Overage Middle School students (Bx/ Man) 
 Re-Entry Support 
      • Plan to Succeed NYC will serve as an electronic portfolio and individual learning plan that will help Passages and ERA students stay on a pathway to graduation and plan for transition
      • Transition Coaches will serve as community-based support to assist in re-entry into home schools  
      • Friends of Island Academy Initiative will enhance services for 16-year-olds at ERA 
      • Cross-over youth pre-release planning initiative will be a collaboration between ACS and the DOE to support students on Rikers who are also ACS-involved 
Tim Lisante  LinkedIn page:

NYC Department of Education
NYC Department of Education
– Present (37 years)Education

 City replacing two Rikers schools with one smaller program
by Maura Walz on June 28, 2010 8:54 pm
Teachers at the only two schools on Rikers Island learned today that their schools will close next year. In their stead, a new school will open — one with a smaller and possibly new set of teachers.
The change is part of a wider attempt to end programs under the city’s alternative schools office, known as District 79, that city officials believe are ineffective, Department of Education officials said today. Earlier this year, the city announced it was also closing its only school designed to transition students from detention back into mainstream high schools.
“Despite some of our best efforts, we’re not making the gains for the students in some of the specialized programs,” said Timothy Lisante, District 79’s deputy superintendent for corrections and detentions.
In an interview today, Lisante and District 79 Superintendent Cami Anderson said that consolidating the two programs would allow for smoother day-to-day operations of the school. Restarting the program will also give the city the opportunity to redesign its placement process, directing some students towards coursework that will prepare them to return to their community high schools and giving others more vocational training.
“The prime vision here is to do everything we can to create a program that will accelerate [student's] progress so they can return to their home school or, if they’re older, go into a rigorous GED program,” Anderson said.
But teachers union officials are crying foul at the city’s timing, arguing that the last-minute announcement was disrespectful to the school’s teaching staff.
“We’re certainly for improving programs but no one’s going to convince me that they just woke up in June and thought this had to be done,” said United Federation of Teachers Secretary Michael Mendel.
The city currently runs two academic programs on Rikers Island. Students under the age of 18, who are legally required to attend school, enroll in the Island Academy, while Horizon Academy enrolls older students who opt into the program. (Last month, I visited the Island Academy for a Top Chef-style competition among its culinary arts students.)
Together, the schools employ about 197 staff, including teachers, counselors, psychologists and other support staff. On an average day, approximately 900 students attend classes at the two schools, each of which are split into a number of different sites throughout the island’s detention facilities.
Lisante estimated that the new school that opens in the fall will serve the same students but with about a 20 percent smaller staff. City and union officials said today that they were negotiating whether and how the schools’ staff members can apply for positions in the new program. Lisante said that the city would consider teachers who currently teach at the schools but would also look at outside candidates.
Mendel charged that announcing the restructuring so late in the year put teachers at a disadvantage; teachers will now have to reapply for their jobs over the summer, when many have already made plans to travel.
Data on the two schools’ credit accumulation and Regents pass rates wasn’t immediately available today, but I’ve asked the DOE for the schools’ achievement statistics and will update the post when I receive them. Because students in the schools are so transient — many students stay on Rikers Island for only around 30 days — achievement data for the programs is tracked differently than for other city schools.
City officials said today that they took the September arrival of new Department of Corrections Commissioner Dora Schriro as an opportunity to re-evaluate the educational programs in the city’s correctional facilities and that the new plan came as a result of recommendations from the corrections department as well as from teachers in the two schools.
In an interview today, Schriro said she had spoken to the DOE “regularly but infrequently,” but that the two departments share the same goal. “We’re looking for opportunities to be more efficient but more effective as well,” she said.
Tim Lisante LinkedIn page:



NYC Department of Education
– Present (37 years)


International Univ of Graduate Studies, Ph.D.
Dr. Lisante's former boss, Cami Anderson, is the very same current NJ Superintendent who is alienating Newark parents.

See below.

Betsy Combier

Hey, Cami Anderson–don’t run away, answer the question


I’ve listened to the tape many times and, as best as I can determine, Natasha Allen said this to Cami Anderson at Tuesday night’s Newark school board meeting: “I’m trying to figure out, like, do you not want for your brown babies what we want for ours?”  That’s when the superintendent abandoned  her responsibility and ran away.

Natasha Allen
Natasha Allen
I spoke to Ms. Allen afterwards and asked her to repeat what she said and she offered a fairly close paraphrase. Ms. Allen was not speaking from a script, she was speaking  extemporaneously and from anger, so the words might have been a little different when she repeated them to me.
I took it as a sincere question from one young mother to another that really meant this:
Why can’t you understand we want for our children what you want for yours?
I found nothing offensive about the remark. I found it poignant and honest and direct–and maybe the most important challenge thrown at Ms. Anderson the entire evening. And I am seriously puzzled by why the superintendent chose that moment to run away from her responsibility to explain her disruptive plans to the residents of Newark.
I’ve read some accounts that the state-appointed superintendent was “driven” from the meeting. That is utter nonsense. She left freely–and, indeed, the audience booed her for running away. The city’s residents wanted an answer to the question–why doesn’t a state official have the just plain human decency to understand the pain of others?
Ms. Anderson appears, on the tape, to be shaking her head and saying, “Not my family,  not my family.”  I get that public officials don’t want their private lives dragged into the public sphere–including public officials like Gov. Chris Christie who put his family into taxpayer-funded campaign ads posing as ads aimed at raising money for relief from Superstorm Sandy.
But let’s be real here. Natasha Allen is not a school employee afraid of losing her job. She is not a politician running for office. She is a mother–her daughter Sapphire Allen, a 16-year-old honor student t at Newark Vocational, also spoke that night–and she came to a recklessly overcrowded venue Tuesday night to express her fears and her anger about what the superintendent was doing to her child and all other “brown babies” in the city.
“I used the words ‘brown babies’ because it’s the black and Latino children who are the most hurt by her plans,” Ms. Allen told me.
Ms. Allen was direct. She set the tone early, insisting she would not call the superintendent “Ms. Anderson” because she felt the boss of the Newark schools had shown disrespect for the city’s residents and children. She expressed anger about reports–so far denied by her press spokesman, Matthew Frankel–that the schools superintendent moved to Montclair.
So there it was: One woman, one mother, against another. Face to face. One woman asking another an important personal question. One mother asking another mother why Ms. Anderson doesn’t understand that, despite poverty, despite racism, despite the state’s criminal neglect of its cities and their schools, the mothers of brown babies love their children as fully and as passionately as more affluent, more fortunate, mothers love their babies–brown or white or black.
The superintendent owes Ms. Allen an answer. She owes all parents an answer. Not as the former executive director of Teach for America. Not as Christie’s $300,000 agent in Newark. Not as one of Time magazine’s up-and-comers. Not as a school superintendent.
But as a mother. Cami Anderson–this is a woman who has disrupted thousands of families in Newark with a plan that will close their schools, require them to put their children in unfamiliar neighborhoods. She has insulted parents by suggesting their children would cause an  increase in crime if they stayed home from school because of the teachers’ convention.
So how about an answer? To my paraphrase of Ms. Allen’s remark: Why can’t you understand we want for our children what you want for yours?
Or, as Ms. Allen put it that night: “I’m trying to figure out, like, do you not want for your brown babies what we want for ours?”
You can’t run away, Cami Anderson. Come back and answer the damned question.


  1. Kelly
    I agree completely Bob. I was there and was one of the “overflow” attendees who were finally allowed into the cafeteria so we wouldn’t freeze to death outside. Three of us carpooled and drove around the area for at least 30 minutes looking for parking (which was ludicrous considering the school had an empty underground lot and there were PLENTY of police to secure it).
    Luckily, a friend inside was keeping us abreast of what was happening via instant messaging. We then decided to “FaceTime” so we could see and try to hear part of the proceedings but the noise level and lack of satellite signal eventually ended that solution. At about 8:00, our friend on the inside alerted us that many people left and there were plenty of seats available.
    I told that to one if the many officers in the hallway and asked if we could be let in to occupy those seats. He replied, “It doesn’t work that way. They’re not allowing anyone else in.” Really?
    So my colleagues and I quickly texted and posted via Facebook to the Union leaders. By 8:20, we were ushered in to the vacated seats. Just in time for the hullabaloo.
    I believe Ms. Allen and all Newark parents deserve an answer to that question. I also commend the Board for continuing the meeting although that was not what Ms. Anderson wanted. They showed the community respect and it was returned with gratitude. The people of Newark are informed and have valid points. They will not be pushed around (and anyone who grew up in Newark knows that). If the powers that be think this was the climax of events, they are sorely mistaken. This is a taste of Newark citizens waking up and getting READY to fight. We are relentless and focused. In the words of a Newarker, “You don’t mess with mine”. Looks like gloves are coming off.
    Bob Braun: Thank you for your insightful note. Twice in one week the Anderson administration risked the welfare of the city’s residents–first by keeping schools open in a storm and then by scheduling what it new would be a heavily attended meeting at an inappropriate site. Mindless.
    • Ms Anderson risks the welfare of the children of Newark every single day by
    • allowing them to attend schools that are in dangerous disrepair – full of exposed
    • mold, asbestos, poor air quality, poor heat and ventilation. And she has not used her direct line to the Governor to expedite repairs. I believe endangering the life of a
    • minor is a crime.
  2. covert racism. They storm away in a huff to make it about their hurt feelings and distract
  3. from the issue at hand. It’s her way of trying to sabotage the discussion, dialogue, and even
  4. the meeting. The other textbook reaction was to ensure she had people around her who would pat her on the back to comfort her *pain* and hurt feelings. Well, what about the pain and
  5. hurt feelings of the children, parents, and community of Newark? They are hurting too. Don’t their hurt feelings and pain matter? But here is the deal: the people of Newark were not there for her hurt feelings; they were there for their democracy, their survival, and the education of their brown babies.
    Bob Braun: Nicely put.
November 14, 2014

Cami Anderson: A national embarrassment



The stark, black screen says it all. “Please stand by. Starting soon…The story of Newark.”  Nothing is exactly what did happen–nothing ever did appear on the blank YouTube screen that was supposed to provide a live feed of a speech Thursday by Cami Anderson to the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, D.C.

Anderson, already an embarrassment to herself and the state of New Jersey, never did speak, at least not publicly. She canceled her PUBLIC speech. Why? Because a busload of 40 students, parents, and other community residents showed up to hear what she had to say and, perhaps, to ask her a few questions.  They had to go to Washington because Cami Anderson won’t talk to them in Newark. Won’t attend public board meetings. Hasn’t since January. The Hermit Queen of Newark.
So those 40 people who yesterday followed her to Washington literally scared her speechless, poor dear.  Little Miss Muffet fled indecorously from her tuffet when people like Sharon Smith and Michael Dixon and Kristin Towkaniuk tried to sit alongside her. She recorded her comments “for media only,” according to AEI officials.

That shows how far media has sunk into corporate sycophancy. They are supposed to represent the people, not join in secret cabals with organizations like AEI and privatized school entrepreneurs.
Anderson, the highly-paid toadies she brought with her on the junket to the nation’s capital, and staff members from the AEI, a conservative think-tank, made asses out of themselves by panicking and declaring a small group of perfectly well-behaved and properly registered  people “a security breach” and first tried to evict them, turned the lights off in their own auditorium, and then called the police.
A security breach? Some crazy guy with a knife hopping the White House fence and entering the executive mansion–now that is a security breach. Kids and adult chaperones showing up for a buffet lunch in Washington DC is a field trip.

What a spectacle.  Like elephants stampeding in the presence of a mouse.

“They just showed a lot of disrespect,” said Roberto Cabanes, a spokesman for NJ Communities United, which helped arrange the trip to Washington, along with organizations including the Newark Student Union, PULSE, and the People’s Organization for Progress.

Cabanes said the Newark residents properly registered and paid their fees for the event and behaved well when they got to the room in the building on 17th Street NW where Cami was scheduled to speak. But one of Anderson’s $175,000-a-year assistants, Peter Turnamian, noticed some familiar faces among the people who came to hear Anderson talk about her “successes” and “triumphs” in Newark.  Not the  sort of faces normally seen at the events of an organization run by some of the biggest capitalists in the nation–including that patron saint of free enterprise and maniacal public policy, former Vice President Dick Cheney.

(Turnamian, before he became one of Anderson’s roadies, is probably best known for founding a charter school that billed itself as “The Best School in Newark,” a charter school subsequently ordered closed by the state because it was such a failure. Naturally, he would be working for Cami Anderson.)
We call them our neighbors--they call them a "security breach."
We call them our neighbors–they call them a “security breach.”
Turnamian warned the nervous biddies who run the AEI of the dangerous “security breach” and tried to have some of them evicted. Meanwhile, the 11:30 a.m. program was delayed. The AEI folks then said Anderson’s talk would be given elsewhere, perhaps in a lavatory or slop closet somewhere in the building–then finally gave up and canceled Anderson’s antic  road show. The Washington Post, however, reported Anderson may have given the speech “without an audience.” Turns out, that’s exactly what she did.

Making us wonder: If Cami gave a speech and no one was there to hear it, would it still be a pack of lies?

The answer is: Yes.

When the students and parents tried to explain the reason for their presence to what was left of the AEI audience after the cancellation was announced, the organization’s staffers decided to combat the security breach by turning off the lights.  How better to ensure the safety of people inside a building than to plunge them into darkness? That should have made everyone feel more secure. It understandably got the Newark residents angry.

Want to laugh? Here’s how the AEI describes itself: “The American Enterprise Institute is a community of scholars and supporters committed to expanding liberty, increasing individual opportunity and strengthening free enterprise. AEI pursues these unchanging ideals through independent thinking, open debate, reasoned argument, facts and the highest standards of research and exposition.”

Independent thinking? Open debate? Reasoned argument?  Does all that include refusing to answer questions from constituents–and turning off the lights? And hiding behind closed doors?

FACES: NYC DOE "Gotcha Squad" Attorney Jordana Shenkman

  1. NYC Department of Education
  1. Bronx County District Attorney's Office,
  2. Lansner & Kubitschek,
  3. United States Attorney's Office
Edit experience
  1. The George Washington University Law School
When Jordana Shenkman moved into her 430-square-foot rental this March, she wasted no time getting settled. "I actually put this entire thing together from nothing in one month's time," she says. Spurred by a small-space contest on design blog Apartment Therapy (, the government attorney had roughly 30 days to furnish her pad before the competition's deadline. "I did nothing but run all over the place," Shenkman recalls. "Every day after work I'd be going to another discount store." But the glory of winning (she didn't) wasn't her only motivation to quickly decorate: "I'm 33, but I've never had my own apartment," explains Shenkman, who had lived with a roommate since moving to the city seven years ago. "I'm sure a lot of people in New York have that same experience. It's kind of delayed youth here."


Administrative Attorney

NYC Department of Education
– Present (6 years 9 months)New York, NY
Prosecute administrative hearings against school administrators and teachers charged with employee misconduct with a high rate of successful outcomes.
Selected to handle high-profile, press cases for the unit.
Responsible for drafting charges, investigation, settlement negotiation, discovery, witness preparation and litigating cases.
Present oral arguments including appeal before panel of judges at the New York City Civil Service Commission.
Work in conjunction with the New York City Law Department, New York City District Attorney's Offices, New York Police Department and other independent investigative agencies.
Conduct legal research and offer legal advice on Education and Labor Law issues.

Assistant District Attorney

Bronx County District Attorney's Office
(3 years 9 months)Bronx, NY
Prosecuted bench and jury trials to verdict, including high-profile felony crimes.
Responsible for trial strategy, criminal investigation, civilian, police and expert witness preparation and plea negotiations with caseload of approximately eighty.
Presented hundreds of felony cases to the Grand Jury for indictment; competitively selected as only junior assistant to present homicide case.
Drafted motions and argued constitutional and evidentiary issues of law.

Legal Intern

Lansner & Kubitschek
(3 months)New York, NY
Prepared clients in class-action, civil rights lawsuit against the City of New York.

Legal Intern

United States Attorney's Office
(3 months)Washington, D.C.
Sex Offense/Domestic Violence Unit.
Handled discovery, evidence gathering, legal memorandum and witness interviews for felony sex crimes.

Legal Assistant

Dewey Ballantine, LLP
(10 months)New York, NY
Member of trial team for complex, civil litigation case involving a lawsuit of first impression against the tobacco industry.

Intern, Congresswoman Nita Lowey's Office

U.S. House of Representatives
(3 months)Washington, D.C.
Wrote constituent correspondence, analyzed, researched and reported on political policies involving women's rights issues.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

NYSUT Fights Back Against Cuomo's Attack on Teachers

Now we know who paid for his re-election.

Betsy Combier

Misinformed, misguided governor shows his true colors

If you harbored any doubts whether Gov. Andrew Cuomo disrespects public education, you can set them adrift, light them on fire and push 'em out to sea. He's flying his true colors now.

Illustration by M. Sharer

State Budget 2015

Cuomo's executive budget proposal is an assault on public education and the teaching profession. It proposes a strings-attached increase of $1.1 billion for school aid, half of the amount recommended by the Regents.
His proposed increase is contingent upon lawmakers approving a vicious "reform" agenda that would gut tenure and collective bargaining, double down on high-stakes testing and shortchange public higher education. (See related story: "NYSUT blisters Cuomo's draconian anti-teacher agenda.").
It also would hold school aid hostage to his "reforms," including a harsh, simplistic and punitive new teacher evaluation system, a back-door voucher tax credit and a permanent tax cap. If legislators don't go along with his plans, he'll cut that increase by two-thirds. Perhaps the ugliest slap in the face to communities, educators, school boards, parents and students - whose worlds revolve around public education - is his petty extortion scheme to withhold proposed district-by-district aid data from local school districts until he gets his way in the Legislature. Districts are on strict timelines to prepare draft budgets, present them to voters and get them approved on May 19. They cannot even begin without those school-aid runs.
Gov. Cuomo knows this. He doesn't care.

Misinformed and misguided

"The governor is misinformed," said NYSUT President Karen E. Magee. "New York has one of the strongest public education systems in the nation and a professional, highly dedicated teaching force. He should be celebrating that excellence. Instead, we get intellectually hollow rhetoric that misrepresents the state of teaching and learning. "Students, parents and teachers, who know better, aren't buying this agenda, which everyone knows is driven by the governor's billionaire hedge-fund friends," she said. NYSUT Executive Vice President Andy Pallotta, who leads the union's legislative and political department, said the governor is misguided and invited him to attend a series of community forums planned for the coming weeks.
"We want him to listen to the aspirations of students who want to excel but don't have art, music, foreign languages or guidance counselors," he said. "We want him to hear from parents who want a greater state and local investment in their public schools, so their sons and daughters can have a full range of services and aren't crammed in classes of 30 or 35 with outdated textbooks.
"And, we want him to listen to the experts - educators and administrators who love their jobsand are dedicated to their students, who know a greater focus on standardized testing is wrong and who know that 'opportunity' is just a word unless it's backed by enough funding that goes to the right places."

Recession era

Nearly 1 million New York schoolchildren - including more than a third of African-American and Latino students - live in poverty. The state's systemic failure to provide enough resources for all of its students and to do so equitably - while giving all teachers the tools and support they need - is "the real crisis and the one our governor is trying to sweep under the rug," Magee said.
Schools are repeatedly being asked to do more with less. Due to aid cuts since the recession hit, more than half - 51 percent - of the state's schools are receiving less state aid in the current year than they did in 2008-09. These gaps in state funding - and the tax cap and tax freeze - are the reason.
During this legislative session, NYSUT activists are advocating strongly and loudly for what students need:
  • equitable school aid so financially starved, high-needs districts receive the resources they need;
  • expansion of Career and Technical Education;
  • investments in the arts and other programs;
  • increased funding for BOCES and Special Act schools; and
  • increased funding for public higher education to relieve the burdens on students and their families.
NYSUT advocates also seek increases in health care spending so SUNY teaching hospitals can continue to provide quality medical services to their communities.
What students and educators don't need is an executive budget proposal that includes numerous onerous plans that must be stopped:
  • Empowering the state to take over "failing" schools, eliminating local control, tenure, seniority and collective bargaining agreements.
  • Creating a back-door voucher tax credit to benefit wealthy donors to private and charter schools, to the tune of $100 million per year.
  • Tying public higher ed funding to campus "performance" rather than enrollment.
  • Destroying teacher prep programs at SUNY and CUNY.
  • Allowing private equity firms to own and operate hospitals, which will set the stage for privatization of SUNY hospitals.
  • Eliminating the $14 million funding for teacher centers.
  • Making the tax cap permanent.
NYSUT and its coalition partners agree that New York state, with its improved fiscal condition, is in a position to help schools turn the corner financially. Statewide education organizations issued a report in January outlining the need for a $2 billion state education aid increase so schools can continue current services and make progress on critical new initiatives.
The Board of Regents proposed a $2.2 billion state aid increase. Even Chancellor Merryl Tisch, whose "reform" agenda is seriously problematic, insists this money is essential. Cuomo asked for half that.
It's simply not enough.
"Far too many school districts are still digging out from budget holes created during the recession," Pallotta said. "A greater commitment of school aid - more resources for vital initiatives such as community schools and for English language learners - is the way to ensure that every child is ready to learn at high levels, graduate and succeed in college or the workplace."