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Failing grade for state's effort to improve schools

New York's efforts to fix it schools are going in the wrong direction, according to a report from the Alliance for Quality Education.

The union-backed organization says the state is failing to provide many students with successful educational opportunities. Positive changes were made with "quality Pre-K" and “Creating Community Schools,” but negative trends were seen in the areas of “Expanding Learning Time,” “Providing Challenging and Engaging Curriculum,” “Creating a Positive School Climate and Reducing Suspensions,” and “Investing in Equity.”

A copy of the report is available below.

Schenectady City School District Superintendent Laurence Spring said the report ensures that the entire scope of school funding and improvement efforts is clear.

“The Governor’s initiatives in education continue to fall short in addressing any substantive issues of real school improvement,” said Spring in a statement. “While the state provides more than 100 districts with more than 100% of their foundation funding, dramatically underfunded districts must compete for grant funding, placing them in the awkward position of cutting base programming but attempting to add experimental initiatives."

"Schenectady is eager to embrace expanded early childhood and extended school-year / school-day opportunities. However, given that we receive such a small share of our foundation funding, we are cutting basic services that students need to be successful," he added.

A full story on the report will be in the Wednesday issue of the Daily Gazette

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