Results Continue to Show School Choice Is Important & Working

Students, families, and teachers from around the country have come together to advocate for better education policy during School Choice Week. Why are more than seven million people speaking up for school choice? One good reason: it works. Empowering parents to pick the right education options for their children has given many of them a leg up in life. School … Read More

A Record 73,000 Kids Apply to Charters

  A record 73,000 children applied for enrollment in charter schools this year, proving that parents are voting with their feet when it comes to securing a better education for their children. This figure is up a whopping seven percent from the 68,000 students who applied last year. Now, more than 115,000 students attend charter schools in the city. Incredibly, … Read More

School Budgets to Watch: Southern Tier

If you live in the Southern Tier, you will only see one school district proposing to break the property tax cap outright. That shows the cap is working. But it does not mean you don’t have some big decisions to make this Tuesday when you vote on your school budget. Plenty of your school districts are considering raising your taxes, … Read More

School Budgets to Watch: Long Island

If you live on Long Island, you will only see one school district proposing to break the property tax cap outright: New Suffolk school district, which was not included in education department figures. That shows the cap is working. But it does not mean you won’t have some big decisions to make this Tuesday when you vote on your school … Read More

School Budgets to Watch: Central NY & Northern NY

If you live in Central or Northern New York, you will only see one school district proposing to break the property tax cap outright. That shows the cap is working. But it does not mean you won’t have some big decisions to make this Tuesday when you vote on your school budget. Many school districts have proposed raising your taxes. … Read More

More Empowerment = Lower Property Taxes

New York’s tax cap has put taxpayers back in control of their runaway school taxes, which are a problem in every part of the state outside New York City. Thanks to the 2011 tax cap law, school boards need to get permission from 60 percent of voters to raise spending faster than inflation. Just twelve school districts plan to go … Read More

Assembly Conferences: Cuomo College Doesn’t Cost ENOUGH

If you thought Governor Cuomo’s plan to make you pay for everyone’s college tuition wasn’t expensive or impractical enough, don’t worry, the Assembly Democrats have you covered. They’re arguing that students whose parents make between $125,000 and $175,000 a year should also get free tuition, even though the tuition is less than $7,000 even if the student receives no other … Read More

NY’s Plan A on Education Continues to Earn an “F”

Join Reclaim New York and give public officials some brighter ideas. Just in time for Albany to talk about spending more money on the education establishment, New York’s ranking recently declined to 19th in the country when it comes to education results. As of last year, around 79 percent of public high school students graduate, and only 40 percent of … Read More

Retired Teachers and Administrators Cash In

  Here’s a fun fact about New York’s exorbitant school taxes: instead of making contributions to employees’ 401k accounts, the way most businesses do, school districts are forced to pay into a century-old system that promises a guaranteed, defined benefit regardless of how the stock market performs. The cost of providing these pensions to former employees is one of the … Read More

Gov. Cuomo Moves To Allow More Charters

Governor Cuomo has proposed easing the state’s limit on charter schools. That’s good news for the tens of thousands of children in New York City who would like the option to attend a charter school instead of a city-run school that might not be meeting their needs. The cap on charter schools is a relic of the original 1998 legislation … Read More