Education

Building Smarter Schools

*Includes a “Smart Schools” initiative, a $2 billion bond act that voters will consider that will provide new educational technologies to schools across the state.  Eligible projects include infrastructure improvements that bring high-speed Internet to schools as well as the purchase of new technologies for student use that will strengthen classroom instruction. 

Statewide Universal Full-Day Pre-Kindergarten

*This year’s budget builds upon the success of the first-ever State-funded full-day pre-kindergarten program by committing to invest $1.5 billion over five years to support the phase-in of a Statewide Universal Full-Day Pre-Kindergarten program.  


Reforming Common Core
The 2014-15 budget incorporates recent legislation passed by the Assembly that helps fix the flawed implementation of Common Core.  It protects students from unfair consequences based on test results and ensures the security of sensitive student data.  The reforms also: *Bans standardized tests for students in grades K-2;
* Prohibits Common Core test scores from solely or primarily determining grade promotion;
*Delays the use of test results from becoming part of the permanent record for students in grades 3-8;
* Makes changes to assessments for students with disabilities and English language learners pursuant to a federal waiver submitted by the State Education Department (SED);
*Significantly limit the amount of classroom time used for test
preparation and assessments;
*Directs SED to provide tools, resources and materials to
assist teachers in professional development related to the new
standards;
*Places restrictions on the sharing of student data and
requiring SED to appoint a chief privacy officer who will serve
a three-year term;
*Requires the student privacy officer to set guidelines for
sharing student data and develop policies to deal with any data
breaches;
*Requires third-party vendors to notify the school or SED of
any data breaches and establishing penalties for failing to do
so;
*Creates a “Parents Bill of Rights” that places limitations on
sharing student data with third-party vendors;
*Provides for the elimination of inBloom and requires SED to request that all student information already provided to inBloom be deleted;
* Allows schools to opt out of sharing private student information with similar entities and certain privately run data dashboards.

Making college more affordable

*This year’s state budget helps grow our higher education system by providing $10.4 billion for SUNY. 
*The budget provides an additional $20.2 million for community colleges, increasing base aid to SUNY community colleges by $75 per full-time equivalent (FTE) student, bringing the total to $2,497 per FTE. 
*This is the third consecutive budget increase in community college funding.

Boosting TAP and other opportunity programs
*The 2014-15 budget increases funding for TAP for the first time in 14 years.  The maximum TAP award will be increased by $165 for a maximum award of $5,165 per full-time equivalent (FTE) student.
*The budget also provides $102 million in funding for college opportunity programs, an increase of $4.2 million over the executive proposal.  The funding restores cuts and provides a 3 percent increase for the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), he Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge (SEEK) program and the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP).

Say Yes to Education

Assemblyman Magnarelli took the lead in Albany in establishing the “Say Yes to Education” program which is K-12 comprehensive support program and the promise of a college education, tuition, fees and books for families in the Syracuse City School District.  The student must qualify for the program and financial assistance is provided to families based on income levels.  Syracuse is the first “Say Yes to Education” city in the United States.

Joint Schools Construction Board (JSCB)
In 2006, Assemblyman Magnarelli successfully enacted legislation that
allowed the Syracuse City School District to embark on major renovations
to schools in the city.  In Phase 1, the JSCB authorized the renovation of
projects at seven schools and was authorized to spend up to $225 million.
In 2013, Assemblyman Magnarelli introduced legislation to authorize
Phase 2 that will comprise up to twenty new projects at a maximum of
$300 million.

Student Discipline Pilot Project
Assemblyman Magnarelli delivered $2 million for a Student Discipline Pilot 
Project between the County of Onondaga and the Syracuse City School District. School Discipline Pilot Project to address a serious issue involving student discipline in the city’s school district.  The Pilot Project will not only address the city’s student discipline challenge, but will also provide a guidebook to addressing this issue across New York state. 
The Proposal has 2 phases:
*Phase 1 consists of intensive professional development for faculty in the Syracuse City School District
*Phase 2 deploys to each school on-site trained professional support for both students in need of intervention, and for school staff classroom management.

·        Historic Investment in Education 2014-15 Budget
*The 2014-15 state budget increases school aid by $1.1 billion, or 5.4 percent, which is $551 million over the executive budget proposal.
*High-need school districts will receive nearly 70 percent of this increase, helping to ensure that school aid is allocated to the areas where it is needed most.
* Included with this increase is $251 million in additional funding for Foundation Aid and $602 million in restorations to the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA), helping to reduce the negative financial impact on schools statewide.
*Includes $40 million for Universal Pre-K programs outside of New York City. Includes $20 million to establish a Teacher Excellence Fund, which will reward excellent teachers and recruit the most effective educators.
*Includes $16 million in additional support for Non-Public Services, CAP.
*Includes $14.2 million in restored support for Teacher Resources Centers.
*An additional $5 million in support for libraries. ·