Well that didn't take long. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's annual State of the State address is still going on, and the Alliance for Quality Education is already out with two statements firing back at the governor for his words about education and his 2011 budget:
“If Governor Cuomo intends to be an effective lobbyist for every school child across the state his budget will incorporate the New York State Board of Regents call for fairness and equity in our schools by prioritizing funding to high needs schools. In his first year, it was Governor Cuomo’s budget that failed to represent students’ educational needs by slashing 11,000 teaching positions and cutting arts, music, after school and college prep courses,” said Nikki Jones, Communications Director for the Alliance for Quality Education.
“Governor Cuomo said that he is going to be the lobbyist for our children, as a mother of eight children I ‘lobbied’ for my children along with thousands of other parents from across the state against the devastating classroom cuts that Governor Cuomo implemented last year. What our children need Governor Cuomo to do is to listen to what parents and students are saying by restoring funding for lost after school programs, art, music and college prep courses especially for our neediest schools and students,” said Zakiyah Ansari, Advocacy Director for the Alliance for Quality Education.
We'll post more reactions as they come in, and will probably have some sort of story about it in next week's newspaper.