March 27, 2013
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
This year’s budget agreement is good news for New York’s students. By funding key education reforms in the Governor’s agenda, the 2013-14 budget ensures that New York State continues to lead the nation by creating a world-class education system that prepares our students for the future.
I have been committed to transforming our state’s education system into one that focuses on improving student performance and increasing school accountability. Critical to this effort was last year’s success in establishing a statewide teacher evaluation system that is one of the strongest in the nation and which has become even stronger with an agreement this year to ensure that all schools institute permanent systems.
This year’s budget includes an increase of nearly $1 billion in education aid that continues to hold schools accountable for student achievement.
Education reforms in the budget include:
Full day pre-k; Extended School Day and School Year Programs; Community Schools;
Reward High-Performing Teachers; Increased Standards for Teacher Certifications; and Early College High School Programs.
We have transformed our education system into one that ensures that our children are getting the education and tools they need to succeed. Together, we have made government work for the people once again.