In this corner, the governor. In the other, the teachers.

In this corner, the governor. In the other, the teachers.

Cuomo vs. Teacher Unionsby Jerry Kremer

The saying “Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it” has been attributed to Mark Twain. You can add to that thought that everybody talks about public education but nobody does anything about it. The year 2015 will be the test to see if New York state will take any real action to make the public education system any better. There is only one guarantee at this stage, and that is that the battle in Albany will be brutal.

The issue of the fair distribution of school aid has been on the table for over 50 years, since before an infamous Levittown court case. Most of the parties to that lawsuit agreed that the way money was being distributed to school districts was unfair, and the courts tried to make it a little fairer. But fast-forward to 2015 and there’s no doubt that the distribution of school dollars is still tilted toward the wealthier school districts, while the poorer ones get the crumbs.

Much to their credit, the Long Island State Senate’s Republican delegation has insisted each year that suburban schools get no less than they got the previous year. But that doesn’t solve the problem of school districts that have no shopping malls or factories to create a tax bonanza. Those so-called poor districts aren’t just on Long Island; they’re all over the state. The vast majority of them are begging for their fair share, as they have children who look just like children all over the state.

 

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