Sullivan on Education.
Positions on Learning/Education
Politics permeates education at the local, state
and federal levels and is predicated on the false
premise that more and more spending will
produce better educational outcomes.
The City of Albany School District, with a 50
percent drop out rate, is exhibit A - of that
The NYS Constitution provides that the State
Legislature is responsible for the public schools.
Not the federal government, Not the Governor.
Not the courts.
1. Education is a local-state responsibily, not
the responsibility of the federal government.
a. Abolish the federal education department
b. End No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and
Race to the Top.
2. At the state level
a. Scale back the state education department
return more control of curriculums and
schools to local districts.
b. Remove unfunded state mandates on schools
including the teacher evaluation mandate
passed by the State Legislature and signed
into law by Governor Cuomo, who promoted
c. Retain teacher tenure and local control of it.
d. Elect school superintendents, subject to recall.
e. Index property tax rates to school
performance and drop out rates.
f. Hold school budget votes at November
g. No revotes when budgets are rejected
h. Completely evaluate and revise special
i) Earmark monthly SSI (crazy money)
payments per child, to go, not to parents
but to the schools to help pay the local
costs of special education.
j) I oppose consolidation of school
in the Towns of Guilderland, New
Scotland and Bethlehem
with the Albany City School District.
k) I support making all schools in the
City of Albany Charter Schools.
Charter schools educate students
at a cost of about $12,000 per student
The City of Albany School District
receives about $21,000 per pupil per
year from a combination local
property taxes, state and federal aid.
In the City of Albany, about 1/3 of
homes are owner occupied.
The majority of the owner
occupied homes consist of elderly
residents on fixed incomes.
The majority of the city the
public school population
comes from households that do
not pay for the support of the
public schools. Many of these
students come from dysfunctional
households and neighborhoods
where a single parent is
a social services recipient with
Property tax relief is a priority
issue in the City of Albany, where
school taxes constitute 60 percent
of the total property tax paid by
the declining base of elderly
have no children in school.
Public schools have always
relied on the present population
to pay the costs of educating
the next generation. This pattern
is coming to an end because the
next generation will not able
to pay the costs of education for
When the current population
of elderly homeowners is driven
from their homes by excessive
property taxes, moves, sells out
or passes on - who will pay the
property taxes to fund city schools
and city government?
As the populations of the Towns
age, the suburbs will
face the same question.
Expect the Governor's
Commission on Education
which is to report it's
recommendations for a
"blue print" for education
Dec. 1, 2012 (after election day)
to include a consolidation of city
and town school districts
This may be a short term fix for
city schools that passes the buck
to town populations to keep city
This is not the answer to the
problem of city schools.
Changes in attitude and behavior
and a love and respect for learning
are required. These cannot be legislated.
Dysfunctional households and
neighborhoods, particularly that rely
on public assistance as
a way of life, will have to shape up.
The public assistance railway is
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