Update on state budget deadlock & College Board threat to student privacy
1. The NY state budget is stalled and will be late for the first time in years. The deadlock appears to be related to education funding for our public schools vs. charter schools, and whether the cap on charter schools will be lifted.
As usual, the Assembly Democratic majority wants to fully fund Foundation Aid to high-needs districts, as required by the CFE court decision, while the Governor and the Senate, led by the GOP and their allies in the Independent Democratic Caucus, are more interested in supporting charter schools – by raising the cap on these privately-run schools and increasing their funding.
Please call your Senators, Assemblymembers and the Governor today. Tell them they should fully fund Foundation Aid, and NOT raise the cap on charters.
Call Gov. Cuomo at (518) 474-8390 and as soon as you get a message, hit 1 to get his voicemail.
You can find your Senator’s phone number by filling out the form here and your your Assemblymember here.
There will also be a rally on Wed. April 5 at 4:30 PM outside the Governor’s office at 633 3rd Ave in Midtown Manhattan (between 40-41 St) – please come! More information here: https://www.facebook.com/
2. Three years ago yesterday, we won a huge victory for student privacy when the NY State Legislature passed a law blocking the Education Department from disclosing personal student data with inBloom Inc., which closed its doors two weeks later. Yet there are still huge NYC Public School Parents: Update on state budget deadlock & College Board threat to student privacy: