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Governor Andrew Cuomo
October 10, 2017
97 percent of New York City teachers earn high marks on latest evaluations, union president says
More New York City teachers were rated “highly effective” last school year, according to the teachers union president.
October 2, 2017
22,000 New Yorkers will get new college scholarship from the state after 94,000 applied
Nearly 22,000 New York state students qualified for the first round of the state’s new “Excelsior Scholarship,” which provides free tuition at CUNY and SUNY schools.
rules and regs
August 1, 2017
Among NY students seeking new Excelsior scholarship, potentially many who aren’t qualified or could pay a price later
Do students understand the terms of the state's new free-tuition scholarship? Experts and interviews suggest the state has more work to do.
June 29, 2017
Albany deal appears close after Assembly passes two-year extension of mayoral control
The bill also includes a number of other provisions, including the reauthorization of local taxes and the renaming of the Tappan Zee Bridge for the late Gov. Mario Cuomo.
one day more
June 20, 2017
It’s crunch time in Albany. What will happen to mayoral control?
With control of New York City schools expiring at the end of June, lawmakers must decide if they will grant another extension and whether there will be strings attached.
critics of cuomo
April 18, 2017
CUNY students join chorus of protests against Cuomo’s ‘hypocritical’ college tuition plan
The protest by AQE, an organization that has long criticized the governor, is the latest in a round of backlash against Cuomo’s free college tuition plan.
April 10, 2017
After heated debate, New York charter schools receive boost; school aid increases by $1.1 billion
The funding tug-of-war between charters and traditional public schools boiled over into a contentious fight, which contributed to a delayed state budget.
what's the catch?
April 10, 2017
Cuomo’s promise of free college tuition has a major catch, experts say
Cuomo's tuition plan has a major snag that has so far gone under-the-radar, experts say.
who's the boss?
April 10, 2017
Lawmakers punt on mayoral control of New York City’s schools, setting the stage for another June showdown
The omission was somewhat surprising, since sources said last week that the deal was likely to give Mayor Bill de Blasio another one-year extension.
April 4, 2017
What does the state budget impasse mean for New York City schools?
Mostly, it means a lot of waiting.
the final countdown
March 28, 2017
State legislators are down to the wire to pass the budget. Here are the education items to watch
By the end of the week, lawmakers (may) have a deal on the big education funding issues facing the state, including how much to…
March 2, 2017
State pols push for eliminating controversial rule in Cuomo’s tuition plan and expanding help for low-income families
A group of Assembly members want to the state to provide more relief to low-income families in his free college tuition proposal.
No Strings Attached?
February 23, 2017
Gov. Cuomo is proposing free college tuition, but are his plan’s rules too strict?
Governor Cuomo's college tuition plan carries over strict requirements that may preclude some students from receiving financial aid.
February 14, 2017
Assembly Ed Chair Cathy Nolan: Eliminating the foundation aid formula is ‘completely unacceptable’
State officials made it clear on Tuesday that they will not let a decade-old formula designed to allocate more education funding to high-needs schools die without a fight.
charter freeze melting
January 30, 2017
De Blasio: Cuomo’s budget proposal forces city to shoulder charter school cost ‘to an exorbitant degree’
Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke out against some of Cuomo's charter school provisions today, arguing the city is being asked to pay too much for charter schools.
perks of being a charter school
January 23, 2017
Cuomo’s budget proposal includes perks for New York City charter schools, including lifting the city’s cap
The changes include eliminating New York City's charter school cap and provisions that make it easier for charter schools renting private space.
January 20, 2017
Buried in the budget, Cuomo proposes controversial change to school funding formula
The governor’s controversial proposal would not include a commitment to fully phase in the total funding owed statewide.
Show me the money
January 17, 2017
Governor Cuomo proposes $1 billion increase in state aid, kicking off school funding negotiations
The governor's proposal is less than the $2.1 billion suggested by the state's education policymaking body.
January 13, 2017
Four education storylines to watch as New York kicks off its 2017 legislative session
We'll be following the governor's efforts to provide free college tuition, an upcoming battle about school funding, and plans to boost after-school programs.
January 11, 2017
Cuomo finishes State of the State tour, proposes funding for AP exams and computer science teachers
Governor Andrew Cuomo finished his State of the State speeches on Wednesday, with proposals to help low-income students fund AP exams and create after-school seats.
January 4, 2017
Launching 2017 legislative session, Heastie signals support for major increase in school funding
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said he wants to create a timetable to fully implement a funding formula designed to help needy schools.
path to college
January 3, 2017
Cuomo proposes free college tuition at state schools for families making less than $125,000
Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a plan Tuesday to offer free college tuition at two- and four-year state schools for families making less than $125,000 per year.
stuck in the middle
October 19, 2016
How one struggling Bronx school got caught in the crossfire between Cuomo and the State Education Department
“To single out one school and say it’s the worst school in the state is misleading on so many levels."
June 10, 2016
New York’s teacher evaluations aren’t going anywhere. In fact, they’re getting a makeover that nobody planned
Despite moratorium on using state tests, schools are still on the hook to evaluate teachers and the results can still be used to make decisions about educators’ futures.
blast from the past
June 6, 2016
Lawmakers ask for education data watchdog, though similar access was granted 7 years ago
State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan introduced a bill that would grant a new “education inspector” access to records and data from the education department
January 21, 2016
New York’s latest charter-school funding debate, explained
The bulk of public funding for charter schools has been held nearly constant for five years. Advocates hope that will change this year.
state of the state
January 12, 2016
After bumpy year, Cuomo unveils few education proposals in lead-up to State of the State
The lead-up to this year’s speech is vastly different from last year, when the governor promised an aggressive education agenda — and delivered over the next several months.
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