Press Release

AFT on the Cuomo Education Reform Commission Report

For Release: 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Contact:

Janet Bass
202-879-4554
jbass@aft.org

 
AFT's Weingarten: "It offers constructive, doable, evidence-based recommendations that, if adopted, would immediately help New York public school students and their educators by providing greater educational opportunity."

WASHINGTON—Statement of American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's New NY Education Reform Commission's interim report released today. Weingarten was a commission member. 

"The commission's report makes clear the importance and value of public education in New York state. It offers constructive, doable, evidence-based recommendations that, if adopted, would immediately help New York public school students and their educators by providing greater educational opportunity. By offering a full range of sound proposals—such as preparing teachers well; preparing our youngest for kindergarten; ensuring that wraparound services are available to students who need them; offering career technical education, early high school and other programs that prepare students well for college and career—the commission has produced a commendable, comprehensive report. The tangible proposals, if funded and implemented properly, will help all kids and, in particular, would provide real support for children dealing with poverty and other issues affecting education outcomes. 

"I also am pleased that the commission included an AFT proposal for a bar-like assessment for prospective teachers to ensure that the people who teach our children are well prepared for the job. This assessment would replace today's patchwork of pre-service tests as well as require prospective teachers to show a clinical-based understanding of how to teach before walking into a classroom. 

"I was honored to be a member of the commission and look forward to seeing these recommendations implemented."