Home » Branches » DFER New York

DFER New York



From Our Blog

DFER-NY Releases Statement on AQE March
March 12, 2014

DFER-NY Releases Statement on AQE March

Craig Johnson, Democrats for Education Reform NY Board Chair, issued the following statement on the Alliance for Quality Education's march today in Albany:

"Contrary to what you may hear from certain special interest groups, the best way to fix our schools is not just to pour more money into the education bureaucracy. New York already spends $75 billion in education annually—from public schools to state funded universities—more than the total annual budget of 47 other states. What we need is smarter investments that actually deliver results, like statewide universal full-day pre-k, scholarships for students in critically-needed STEM courses and funding to reward our hardest working teachers. Governor Cuomo is taking a stand for our students by pushing for these programs, and we should all join him in putting our students first."

Read more about the AQE's march from the Albany Times Union's Rick Karlin.




DFER-NY's Craig Johnson Comments on Common Core Recommendations by State Panel
March 11, 2014

Source: New York Daily News

Craig Johnson, Democrats for Education Reform NY Board Chair, issued the following statement today on the recommendations released during Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Common Core Implementation Panel:

"The Common Core is essential to preparing our students for success in the high-skill economy, but it must be implemented correctly. The Common Core Implementation Panel convened by Governor Cuomo has put forward a set of recommendations that will improve implementation, protect students and parents from unfair high-stakes testing, and provide teachers with the tools they need to succeed. While some see the Common Core's challenges as an opportunity to derail critical reforms like New York's landmark teacher and principal evaluation system, we know that moving forward with improved implementation of the Common Core and maintaining our commitment to strong and fair educator accountability must go hand in hand."




DFER's Joe Williams Responds to AQE Press Release
February 25, 2014

By Joe Williams

The Alliance for Quality Education should declare victory in getting Governor Cuomo to increase his support for pre-K before the overzealous advocates ruin what should be a great thing for 4-year-olds statewide with their cynical overreach.

AQE is acting like a teenager who makes the case to his parents for $40 for a new pair of shoes. The parents go out and buy the shoes, and the kid responds: "Thanks for the shoes, now where is my $40?"

If pre-K doesn't reach needy kids next year because AQE doesn't know how to accept "yes" for an answer, all the snotty press releases in the world won't change the fact that they blew it once again by putting policymakers in such an untenable position.




DFER-NY Statement on School Board Funding Lawsuit
February 11, 2014

Contact:
Craig Johnson | 212.905.8325 | craig.johnson@mckennalong.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DFER-NY Statement on School Board Funding Lawsuit

ALBANY, NY, February 11, 2014 - Craig Johnson, Democrats for Education Reform NY Board Chair, today issued the following statement on the school funding lawsuit filed in New York state:

“New York currently spends more taxpayer dollars per pupil than any state in the nation despite claims to the contrary. Notwithstanding this simple fact, we are middle of the pack when it comes to student achievement. Anyone anywhere near the classroom understands that it isn’t just money that is important, but how that money is spent. Smart leaders like Governor Cuomo and President Obama have focused on targeted investments in programs that work such as making sure our most effective teachers are rewarded and treated like the community heroes they are. We continue to believe that taxpayers will dig deeper to support public education, but that it is our responsibility to show them they are getting results in return. If not, we will just allow the nation’s most well-funded system fail another generation of children.”

About Democrats for Education Reform
Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) is a political reform organization with 13 state offices that cultivates and supports leaders in the Democratic party who champion America's public schoolchildren.

###




DFER-NY Statement on Board of Regents' Proposal to Delay Part of Common Core Implementation
February 10, 2014

Contact:
Craig Johnson | 212.905.8325 | craig.johnson@mckennalong.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DFER-NY Statement on Board of Regents' Proposal to Delay Part of Common Core Implementation

ALBANY, NY, February 10, 2014 - Craig Johnson, Democrats for Education Reform NY Board Chair, today issued the following statement on the Board of Regents' proposal to delay part of the state's Common Core implementation:

"When you look at all the drama that gets manufactured around issues like this, it is remarkable that anyone gets educated in this state."

About Democrats for Education Reform
Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) is a political reform organization with 13 state offices that cultivates and supports leaders in the Democratic party who champion America's public schoolchildren.

###




More from Our Blog