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Albany from above. Photo: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0d/Albany.jpg">Karthik Chinnathambi</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Albany from above. Photo: Karthik Chinnathambi, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Education hasn't improved under Cuomo, poll finds

Education funding advocates, including actress Cynthia Nixon, rallied Monday in Albany. They made a last-minute pitch for extra money for schools in the state budget. Meanwhile, a new poll finds many New Yorkers think the quality of education in the state is deteriorating.

"Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon has a child entering college as well as one in kindergarten. She says Gov. Andrew Cuomo's education policies in New York have increased inequality and led to two separate school systems within the public schools, one for the rich and one for the poor.  Go to full article
Albany from above. Photo: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0d/Albany.jpg">Karthik Chinnathambi</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Albany from above. Photo: Karthik Chinnathambi, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NYS budget negotiations, disagreements over pre-K, continue in Capitol

This week will be crucial for negotiations on the state budget.

Tensions ran high Friday at a closed-door leaders' meeting with Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos abruptly left the final leaders meeting before the weekend early, complaining there was too much emphasis on the needs of the New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at the expense of the rest of the state.  Go to full article
Assemblyman Francisco Moya speaking in support of the NYS DREAM Act. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Assemblyman Francisco Moya speaking in support of the NYS DREAM Act. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Dream Act supporters vow to fight on

Supporters of Dream Act legislation say they were "set up" when a hastily arranged vote on the bill in the Senate chamber late Monday led to the measure's failure by just one vote.

The focus is now shifting to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Backers say they will try to get the governor to put the measure into the state budget.  Go to full article
The New York State Senate chamber, the site of a late-night debate on campaign finance reform. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/32051524@N08/5194328403/">JvL</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The New York State Senate chamber, the site of a late-night debate on campaign finance reform. Photo: JvL, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

The NYS Dream Act is dead, for now

The Dream Act is dead for now in New York State, after the State Senate voted down the measure that would have granted college tuition aid to the children of undocumented immigrants.

The 30-29 vote defeating the Dream Act left leaders of rival Democratic factions pointing fingers.  Go to full article
The New York State Senate chamber, the site of a late-night debate on campaign finance reform. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/32051524@N08/5194328403/">JvL</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The New York State Senate chamber, the site of a late-night debate on campaign finance reform. Photo: JvL, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Public campaign financing is in Senate budget; what does it mean?

For the first time, New York's state Senate has included Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan for public campaign financing in its budget resolution. The inclusion of public campaign financing would seem to signal an abrupt change of policy for Republicans, who co-lead the Senate. The GOP has long maintained that a matching small donor plan using public funds is a waste of the taxpayers' money, and would only lead to more annoying "robocalls."

The sparsely-worded provision, however, has raised many more questions than answers. It simply says that the Senate intends to "modify" Cuomo's proposal to "adopt a system of public campaign finance."  Go to full article
Inside the Capitol. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/54021469@N00/394233312/">Holley St. Germain</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Inside the Capitol. Photo: Holley St. Germain, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Would Cuomo tax freeze plan hurt small business?

Both houses of the legislature are making changes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's tax freeze plan in their budget proposals. And now, small business groups are speaking out, saying the proposal favors some homeowners, at their expense.  Go to full article
Education funding protesters outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office Wednesday. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Education funding protesters outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office Wednesday. Photo: Karen DeWitt

More money for schools, environment, in NYS Assembly budget proposal

Assembly Democrats say there should be more money for schools and the environment, and major changes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to freeze property taxes. The Assembly's one-house budget resolution is the first step in reaching agreement on a final spending plan by the end of March.  Go to full article
The New York State Department of Education. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mwren/6773463427/sizes/z/in/photolist-bjxLGc-9XiG5U-dwCCjH-iKeoJG-8vBW9D-8vEXcj-8vBWaH-8vEXjo-8vBW4Z-8uYY6S-8uYX59-8uVTqx-8uYXCy-8uYX7w-8uYX9q-8uYXBh-8uVTTM-8vBVJ2-8vEXiu-8vBVL8-8vBVPR-8vBWbc-8vBWcM-8vEXd9-8vEXGf-8vBW8g-8vBVZr-8vEXpw-8vEXmG-8vBVXt-8vEXvJ-8Gm87Y-8vBWhi-aKH8sX-8vBWhH-8vEXJ9-8vBWgB-8vBW22-8vEXkh-8vEXHS-8vBVTe-8vEXxW-8vBVYM-8vBVWt-8vEXHs-8vEXwC-8vBW7x-8vBWdB-8vBVVr-8vEXtU-8vBVUB/">Mike Wren</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The New York State Department of Education. Photo: Mike Wren, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

In NYS Regents election, three remain while one resigns

New York's legislature today replaced one member of the State Board of Regents, but allowed three others to remain, in elections held for the state's top educational policy board. The vote featured complaints from Republican Senators who voted against all of the candidates to demonstrate their displeasure with the state's implementation of the new Common Core.  Go to full article
New York state's Department of Education. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mwren/6773463427/sizes/z/in/photolist-bjxLGc-9XiG5U-dwCCjH-iKeoJG-8vBW9D-8vEXcj-8vBWaH-8vEXjo-8vBW4Z-8uYY6S-8uYX59-8uVTqx-8uYXCy-8uYX7w-8uYX9q-8uYXBh-8uVTTM-8vBVJ2-8vEXiu-8vBVL8-8vBVPR-8vBWbc-8vBWcM-8vEXd9-8vEXGf-8vBW8g-8vBVZr-8vEXpw-8vEXmG-8vBVXt-8vEXvJ-8Gm87Y-8vBWhi-aKH8sX-8vBWhH-8vEXJ9-8vBWgB-8vBW22-8vEXkh-8vEXHS-8vBVTe-8vEXxW-8vBVYM-8vBVWt-8vEXHs-8vEXwC-8vBW7x-8vBWdB-8vBVVr-8vEXtU-8vBVUB/">Mike Wren</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
New York state's Department of Education. Photo: Mike Wren, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY GOP will no longer boycott election of new Regents

Senate Republicans say they will break a longstanding tradition of boycotting the election of new member of New York's board of Regents, the group responsible for the general supervision of education in the state. The Republicans now say they will attend a joint legislative session, and that many will vote no over dissatisfaction with the Common Core. It's uncertain whether all four of the incumbent Regents members will be reelected.  Go to full article
Interior, New York state Capitol. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/-jvl-/5194928546/sizes/z/in/photolist-8V4ngy-bZVYa9-bZVXJ1-bZVXu9-bZVTwm-cYYGjw-dTxeXZ-i5rDX8-AQxB8-AQxQ5-AQxSz-AQxmt-AQy4o-AQxpC-AQxHR-AQxVh-AQxMq-AQxEh-AQxxc-AQy16-AQxs9-AQxiG-AQxgs-AQxup-bZVGKq-4G25ka-8ftiKP-bZVLGQ-dTCV3h-gy9eD-9HgCcL-7gor37-4SaQWP-7grZFu-bx1DAD-goqPS-8V1hSg-8V4mPS-fmwbNk-goyAW-fmwaQ8-fmLmzG-fmLn55-a1VvKy-9g61hG-9Sncja-7K9wzm-7K5C8Z-aySSY2-7Tj35R-aySSUX/">JvL</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Interior, New York state Capitol. Photo: JvL, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

In Assembly, state estate tax provision faces uncertain fate

Both houses of the legislature are due to release their budget proposals this week. They'll use those to negotiate a final spending plan with Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, in an interview with NYS-PBS's New York Now and public radio stations, says Assembly Democrats are not yet on board with part of Cuomo's plan to cut the estate tax.  Go to full article

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