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The Empire State Strikes Back

In our first-ever legislative campaign, we struck back against the status quo by advocating for three smart policies to put us on track to giving every New York child a great school: 1) Start college early, finish college strong, 2) Equip parents with a trigger and 3) Recruit teaching talent into the Empire State.

THE GOALS

Start college early, finish college strong 

Early college high schools are programs set up within existing high schools that enable students to earn college credit. We advocated to allocate state funds to continue early college programs, which are currently funded by a private grant.  

 

Recruit teaching talent into the Empire State

Alternate certification programs have shown to be just as effective if not more effective than traditional routes. We advocated to expand this list to include high-quality alternative out-of-state programs to expand the pool of great teachers.

 

Equip parents with a trigger

We pushed for a parent trigger law to empower parents to have a say in their children’s education by authorizing them to band together to “take over” persistently failing schools.