A new law will allow for a brief moment of silence in public schools across the state at the beginning of the school day every September 11th — “to encourage dialogue and education in the classroom, and to ensure future generations have an understanding of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks and their place in history.”
While the latest New York state budget increases education funding by $1 billion, advocacy groups are criticizing a failure to adequately ensure equitable education funding across all school districts.
After David Hogg lived through the 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Fla., in which 17 students and teachers were killed and dozens more injured, he and other survivors turned the tragedy into a platform to advocate for gun control and gun safety — and immediately became targets on social media and in the news. Some of the politicians and pundits who joined and amplified the unfounded rhetoric against those students are the very pols and pundits that, this week, encouraged and defended a group of Catholic school students from Kentucky who either a) didn't handle a bad situation well or b) were mocking and disrespectful of Native Americans participating in the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington — characterizing those who cried racism and privilege in the news and on social media as malicious, dishonest and bent on "destroying" innocent youths. Hogg pointed out the double standard to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday.
The state comptroller has announced that his auditors have found $11.7 million more in inappropriate payments made to private preschool special education providers in New York, continuing a statewide investigation that has uncovered close to $100 million in misspent taxpayers funds resulting from fraud and mismanagement over the last decade — funding that was meant to support 3- and 4-year-olds with special needs.
The nearly 2.7 million students in New York State public and charter schools were collectively involved in more than 32,000 violent and disruptive incidents in the 2017-18 school year — including assaults, bomb threats and sexual offenses — according to a report released this month by the state comptroller.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered his tenth State of the State address, entitled “Making Progress Happen,” in Albany on Wednesday as state lawmakers returned to the capital for the beginning of the 2020 legislative session.
Early next month, New York school districts will be permitted to install stop-arm cameras on school buses in order to catch drivers who illegally pass stopped buses and endanger the lives of New York students.