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Arne Duncan: We Lied to Our Children and Now We Tell the Truth: “You Failed!”

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from: Diane Ravitch’s blog The scores are out for New York, and they are devastating. The story in the New York Times reports: Across the city, 26 percent of students in third through eighth grade passed the state exams in English, and 30 percent passed in math, according to the New York State Education Department. The exams were some of the first in the nation to be aligned with a more rigorous set of standards known as Common Core, which emphasize deep analysis and creative problem-solving. City and state officials spent months…read more

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How Political Payoffs Work In NY

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How Political Payoffs Work In NY (via WNY Media Network) The arrest of several New York elected officials and political party leaders shows once again how the influence of money and minor party political lines results in corruption. Democratic State Senator Malcolm Smith wanted to run for Mayor of New York City. Smith’s strategy was to run on the Republican…

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Cuomo skirts the lobby laws to take millions from special interests

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Defense Offered for Cuomo on Ties to Lobbying Group, NY Times By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE “You know, the governor is trying to get some private money to tell a message — to give a message,” Mr. Bloomberg said. “I’m totally sympathetic in how difficult it is to get your message out.” Mr. Cuomo, through his aides, appeared to acknowledge a stronger relationship with the group, the Committee to Save New York, than he has in the past. “For an issue advocacy and lobbying organization such as C.S.N.Y. — a 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation…read more

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School Budgets Pass, Students Continue to Lose

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alan-singer/school-budget-cuts_b_1545883.html   The New York Times reported that school budgets in New York State were overwhelmingly approved this May. But the headline, “New York School Budgets Were Approved At A High Rate,” was misleading. That is because districts were forced to make severe cuts in educational services by the Cuomo administration before submitting budgets to voters for approval. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/17/nyregion/99-percent-of-ny-school-budgets-meeting-tax-cap-pass.html This year was the first year that school districts had to limit costs and with them property tax increases to 2%. Ninety-two percent of the districts kept within this guideline either…read more

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