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January 4, 2012
Students have a new representative in Albany: Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Right now, Cuomo is delivering his second State of the State address, titled “Building a New New York … with you.”
Education issues account for one and a half of the speech’s 33 pages of prepared remarks. As expected, the governor is calling for an education commission to propose reforms to the state’s education system. That commission will look for ways to boost “teacher accountability and student achievement” and “management efficiency” — both topics Cuomo targeted during his first address a year ago — and will work with the legislature.
He’s also appointing himself chief lobbyist for students, calling them the only group in schools that don’t employ lobbyists of their own.
“This year, I will take a second job — consider me the lobbyist for the students,” he says in the prepared remarks, which he has been known to depart from. “I will wage a campaign to put students first, and to remind us that the purpose of public education is to help children grow, not to grow the public education bureaucracy.”
Some educators are already taking umbrage at the idea that students’ interests aren’t being represented. (more…)