Spitzer On Education
January 30th, 2007

Governor Eliot Spitzer delivered a policy speech on education yesterday that generally won the approval of editorial writers and educators and even heads of teachers unions. It called for greater funding, an expansion of prekindergarten, a reduction in class sizes, a longer school day and school year, and streamlining education funding formulas. Its focus was on “accountability”, such as a “contract for excellence” that will reward schools with more funding if they adopt suggested reforms. Spitzer also formally announced the appointment of Rochester Schools Superintendent Manuel Rivera as the state’s education czar, a new position.

United Federation of Teachers Union President Randi Weingarten reacted in a statement on the UFT blog that took a swipe at New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein: “While some details are unknown,” Weingarten wrote, “the differences between the governor’s approach to pay differentials, tenure, accountability and school funding and that of Chancellor Klein are revealing and refreshing. The governor’s approach builds a strong school community while the chancellor’s foster divisiveness…”

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