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State of Education: The year in review
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To get some insight, we caught with State Education Commissioner Dr. John King. First on the list are equity issues.
"Trying to make sure that we direct our resources to those school districts that serve our most disadvantaged students and so that's going to be an issue that will need to be worked out with the governor and legislature over the next few weeks and months," King said.
And another topic that has brought about discussion are teacher evaluation systems.
"There are some issues that will need to be resolved through litigation over the next few months, but the vision is the right one, it's a vision where teachers get good support, they're rigorously evaluated,” King said. “We can identify who the excellent stars are so they can support their colleagues and be models."
But you can't really talk about education without another topic: The economy.
“We keep saying that our students need to be college and career ready. Well, we're hoping that once they're college and career ready there's a college that they can afford to go to,” said Maria Neira, NYSUT Vice President.
And speaking of the economy and education, something else that's right around the corner, funding of the January state regents exams and this year’s are being paid for by private sources
"Because of the budget cuts we faced last year, so our hope is the executive and legislature will support us and putting forth the necessary funding to support the assessments that are done this year,” King said.
Next week for the upcoming year, new test guidelines for grades three through eight and an update on the No Child Left Behind Act.