NY Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to add pre-k despite skepticism from school administrators
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Last week New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a sweeping plan to fund universal pre-kindergarten. This would make New York only the fourth state to launch such an ambitious program. But schools on Long Island are skeptical if not indignant.
For the first time New York's Education commissioner John King is signaling there may be too much state testing. King sent a letter to school administrators across the state Thursday saying that he will push to end at least one state test.
A national education expert told Long Island school administrators Tuesday that they should join parents in the revolt against Common Core. Diane Ravitch, former assistant sectary of education, said the new set of education standards are socially irresponsible and likely against the law.
New York's Department of Health released data on enrollment in its health insurance exchange this week. The data show 26% of young adults are enrolling in the exchange. This number is just above what experts call the "death spiral."
Government reform groups in New York say they’re pleased Governor Andrew Cuomo will put money in his new state budget to fund public financing of campaigns, as well as money for better enforcement of existing campaign laws.
In his State of the State message, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo embraced many of his familiar issues: cutting taxes for businesses and estates, boosting tourism, and expanding abortion rights. A few new items included a proposal to borrow $2 billion dollars for education technology, a push to improve New York City airports , and support for connecting Metronorth to Penn Station. For Long Islanders, reaction so far has been lukewarm.