Alliance for Quality Education: Fight to Improve Education Isn’t Over

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Here’s a retrospective on the Alliance for Quality Education’s rallies and lobbying efforts surrounding school funding this year. The group opposed Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal in the budget to spend $250 million on competitive grants for performance improvement and management efficiency and sought to have more money targeted to high-needs districts.

The final budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year, which started this week, includes $20.3 billion in education funding, an increase of $805 million, or 4 percent. It includes $200 million more for school aid than the governor had recommended. The additional money will go to poor and rural districts. The state will spend $50 million this fiscal year and $25 million in 2013-14 on competitive grants.

The video, which is nearly five minutes, says AQE advocates helped beat back cuts to early intervention services and pre-kindergarten special education and protect pre-k from “back door” cuts. But the boost in school aid this year doesn’t negate the $2.7 billion in reductions in the past few years, which includes the loss of 30,000 teachers, after-school offerings, tutoring, arts and other programs, Nikki Jones, a spokeswoman for the group, says in the video.

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  1. Tell the Truth (for once) on

    “Money, money, money!” These self-serving charlatans have but one tiring mantra. In truth, education spending from all sources, especially the homeowners’ school taxes are higher than they’ve ever been and we continue to slide backwards. Pathetic.