Mamie Till Mobley

"There was an important mission for me, to shape so many...young minds as a teacher. God took away one child but...(gave) me thousands. And I have been grateful for the blessing." Mamie Till Mobley

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Gov. Cuomo a lobbyist for students?

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in his first year in Albany he learned that everyone has a lobbyist from superintendents, principals, to teachers...but not students. So, he proclaimed himself a lobbyist for students in his State of the State address today.

He said they have to redo the teacher evaluation they had worked on in 2010 after State Education Commissioner Dr. John B. King's decision to suspend grants to school districts this week.

Cuomo cited problems with school management and efficiency and announced the formation of a bipartisan commission to overhaul public education.

Yet, clandestinely Cuomo's educational  allegiance some say is to the privateers of public education such as the group Democrats for Education Reform.  Their website is collecting donations for him, while he  appointed a former development employee Katie Campos from Democrats for Education Reform as his secretary of education last year. Campos was the director also of the Buffalo based group Buffalo ReformEd.

"Transforming Public Education: New York spends more money on education than any other state, yet places 38th in graduation rates. To reform the state's education system, Governor Cuomo announced that he will appoint a bipartisan education commission to work with the Legislature to recommend reforms in key areas including teacher accountability, student achievement, and management efficiency."

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