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Cahill introduces education and property tax reform legislation

This article first appeared at Midhudsonnews.com

Cahill introduces education and property tax reform legislation

ALBANY – Assemblyman Kevin Cahill (D–Kingston) introduced two pieces of legislation Thursday aimed at improving public education and lowering real property taxes for the residents of New York. His bills focus on modernizing the education system while easing, and subsequently eliminating, the burden of rising, regressive property taxes as a means of funding.

“We must take transformative actions if we are ever truly going to get a handle on the property tax crisis that is crippling our state,” said Cahill. “A property tax cap by itself will not solve the problem. We need to give our schools the tools they need to actually start cutting costs without sacrificing the quality of our children’s education.”

The 21st Century Schools Act is designed to curb school spending through shared services and consolidation by maximizing the utilization of BOCES and increase cooperative participation, using expanded regional approaches to pay for bigger ticket items like transportation, special education and health care. The measure also calls for a complete reexamination of school district lines in order to more efficiently deliver services to school districts. The legislation would create […]

Arizona Bans Ethnic Studies and, Along With it, Reason and Justice

There’s a word for what Arizona is attempting to do here: ethnocide. It is similar to genocide in its scope, but it reflects the notion that it is an ethnic and/or cultural identity under assault more so than physical bodies themselves. By imposing a curriculum that forbids the exploration of divergent cultures while propping up the dominant one, there’s another process at work here, what we might call ethnonormativity. This takes the teachings of one culture – the colonizer’s – and makes it the standard version of history while literally banning other accounts, turning the master narrative into the “normal” one, and further denigrating marginalized perspectives. America’s racialized past abounds with such examples of oppressed people being denied their languages, histories and cultures, including through enforced indoctrination in school systems.

As if to add insult to injury, HB 2281 barely makes a pretense to hide any of this in its language and intended scope. A close reading of the law lays bare some of the more stark and sinister aspects of its potential application in a state where Hispanic students fill nearly half the seats in the public schools (the domain to which HB 2281 will apply). In particular, […]

Bill in Congress could save jobs in NY’s schools | recordonline.com

A last-ditch aid proposal could still save thousands of public school jobs on the verge of being cut in New York — if it makes it through Congress.

Looming state-aid cuts have set the stage for widespread layoffs. After waiting in vain for a late reprieve from Albany, school boards passed budgets last week that would shed more than 500 jobs in Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties, according to a Times Herald-Record tally involving 28 of 34 local districts this month.

Congressional Democrats hope to avert those and similar job losses nationwide by sending schools $23 billion. New York’s share would be $1.4 billion — coincidentally, the same amount Gov. Paterson and state Senate Democrats have proposed taking away.

Few districts could benefit more than Pine Bush, which expects to eliminate 68 jobs and still raise taxes by 4 percent in anticipation of losing 12.5 percent of its state aid.

“Nobody wants to cut services and raise taxes,” Superintendent Philip Steinberg said. “That’s what we’re forced to do.”

Bill in Congress could save jobs in NY’s schools | recordonline.com.

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Connecticut Considering Waiving Student Loans for ‘Green’ Jobs – Courant.com

Paul Goulet hopes Connecticut will help him get from under nearly $8,000 he’s borrowed for college after losing his job in a paper manufacturing plant.

Goulet, 55, is a student in environmental studies at Goodwin College in East Hartford, aiming to find work in wastewater treatment. State legislation that would waive thousands of dollars in loans would benefit him and other students who earn degrees or certificates in green technology and other jobs.

“Everything I’ve taken out since October is on the student loan program,” he said. “Any little bit would help, especially with the job market the way it is.”

Loan forgiveness programs aren’t new — states use them to entice medical professionals to rural areas, steer teachers to certain subject areas and attract farmers to local agriculture.

The legislation comes as the White House is emphasizing the importance of green works and job creation. President Barack Obama announced in January $2.3 billion in tax credits — to be paid for from last year’s $787 billion stimulus package — that he said would create […]

A New Way to Pay for Education in NY State

A06009 Summary:

BILL NO A06009

SAME AS No same as


COSPNSR Eddington, Peoples, Reilly, Rivera N, Weisenberg

MLTSPNSR Alessi, Benjamin, Boyland, Brennan, Destito, John, Latimer, Lavine,

Molinaro, Robinson, Schroeder, Seminerio

Add Art 71 Title V SS3501 – 3506, amd SS1909, 3601, 3602 & 3651, Ed L; rpld Art

13, amd RPT L, generally; rpld SS1204, 1211, 1212, 1261 sub (e) & 1262 sub (e),

amd Tax L, generally

Makes provisions for the state to assume all costs of basic quality education

and for the elimination of real property taxes for the support of education;

requires board of regents to establish a schedule of mandatory basic services

and costs thereof; school districts shall submit an annual basic budget to the

department of education for basic services; increases taxes on personal income

and business; makes special provisions for reduction of tax in certain cities

and for reduction in rent by tenants in such cities; provides for phased in

methods of funding using a “Basic Quality Education” formula; repeals certain

provisions of the tax law and real property tax relating thereto.

via Bills.

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