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Zephyr Teachout on Education

 

 


Cuomo has completely abandoned schools

Downtown progressive Democratic club members were having a hard time finding reasons why they should support re-electing Governor Andrew Cuomo to another term. More to the point, there were too many reasons not to back him, they felt, such as his support for charter schools.

Zephyr Teachout hit Cuomo on education, charging that he has "completely abandoned schools."

Teachout said, by necessity, she'll keep her public message simpler, sticking to three main themes: anti-corruption, education and the economy. She expects her media coverage will be limited, so plans to streamline her sound bites.

While many Downtowners detest charter schools, [a Harlem legislator ] said the main problem, for him, isn't charters per se, but co-locating them in buildings with regular public schools. "Co-locations have torn at the fabric of my community. I'm not against charters. But co-locations are horrible." And, in fact, many inner-city families see charters as a pathway to a better life for their children.

Source: The Villager on 2014 New York Governor race , Jul 10, 2014

The public school system has been robbed

"The kids I worked with really affected the way I see public education," she said. "I worked with these kids, who were classified as special ed, on a range of things, some of them technical, some of them emotional, and I saw them really flourish because we had the resources they needed and the attention of a great classroom teacher."

Teachout has reserved her harshest words for Cuomo's cuts to public education. "[The New York public school system] has been robbed," she said. "Cuomo started his governorship proposing the largest cut to education funding in state history. You can't have public education without art and music and counseling, all the things a kid needs to become a person, not this little widget."

Source: Epoch Times on 2014 New York State Governor's race , Jul 8, 2014

Public education is the foundation of democracy

Public education is the foundation of democracy. That's why so many members of the founding generation in America promoted free public education. I was lucky to have the chance to attend great public elementary and high schools. My first real job out of college was as a special education aide in a rural public school. I know from personal experience that strong public schools are essential not just to learn the skills and gain the confidence needed to thrive in today's economy , but to build the knowledge and experience every citizen requires to become a full participant in political society.

Governor Cuomo has abandoned our public schools. His drastic budget cuts are short-sighted and entirely unnecessary. Under his tenure, class sizes have swollen to record levels. New York school districts have had to eliminate tens of thousands of educator positions. This means schools have had to slash art, music, and sports, among other programs.

Source: 2014 N. Y. Governor campaign website, ZephyrTeachout.com , Jul 2, 2014

Stop looting public school system to serve wealthy interests

Zephyr Teachout opened her "Summer of Democracy" by trying to put some progressive political heat on Gov. Cuomo. Teachout slammed Cuomo for cutting corporate and business taxes and resisting efforts to maintain the millionaires tax. She also accused Cuomo of "looting" the public school system to serve wealthy interests.

Teachout was a virtual unknown until she emerged late last month as contender for the WFP's gubernatorial nomination. A former organizer for Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign, Teachout quickly gained favor among the party's hard core liberal activists, many of whom believe Cuomo's policies have gone too far in favoring businesses and the wealthy.

Shrugging off Cuomo's strong standing in the polls and his immense fundraising advantage, Teachout vowed to run an energetic campaign and expressed confidence that she would not lack the financial resources to win. "It is going to be great summer of Democracy--a 3-month summer of Democracy," Teachout said.

Source: Daily News on 2014 New York State gubernatorial race , Jun 16, 2014

Opposes vouchers to let parents choose public or private school.

Teachout opposes the CC survey question on school vouchers

The Christian Coalition Voter Guide inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'Education vouchers that allow parents to choose a public or private school for their children' The Christian Coalition notes, "You can help make sure that voters have the facts BEFORE they cast their votes. We have surveyed candidates in the most competitive congressional races on the issues that are important to conservatives."

Source: Christian Coalition Survey 16_CC7 on Nov 8, 2016

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