Tag: Education

Last week’s surprise resignation of the state education commissioner, MaryEllen Elia, leaves New York schools at a crossroads. Depending on whom the Board of Regents selects to succeed Elia, the commissioner can serve as a force for reform or for preserving a troubled status quo. Read More

There's good news and bad news about Rochester schools from a new study comparing the variation in educational quality within urban educational systems. The good news: measured by standardized pupil proficiency scores, there's only an 8.6 percentage point gap between good and bad schools in Rochester. The bad news: even Rochester's good schools—those in the 75th percentile—have the lowest proficiency scores among the 68 largest urban school systems in the country. Read More

As a new report from the conservative Empire Center shows, the education spending gap has grown ever wider over the past 20 years. Spending in New York was 45% higher than the national average in 1997, 65% higher 10 years later and 89% higher in 2017. That’s unsustainable, as the state’s out-migration demonstrates. Read More

The data was highlighted this week by the Empire Center, a fiscally conservative think tank that has long pointed to the state’s high education costs, which is a major burden for homeowners. “The education spending gap between New York and the rest of the U.S. has grown considerably wider overall,” noted E.J. McMahon, the Empire Center’s founder and research director. Read More

E.J. McMahon, who served as a deputy tax commissioner in the administration of former Gov. George Pataki and now is the research director for the Empire Center for Public Policy, an Albany think tank, said STAR has always been about fiscal gimmickry and is going further in that direction. Read More

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Empire Center Logo "Readers will recall that the Empire Center is the think tank that spent months trying to pry Covid data out of Mr. Cuomo’s government, which offered a series of unbelievable excuses for its refusal to disclose...five months after it sued the government, and one week after a state court ruled that the Cuomo administration had violated the law and ordered it to come clean—Team Cuomo finally started coughing up some of the records."   -Wall Street Journal, February 19, 2021

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