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The Capital Region's report card on Governor Cuomo's education agenda

Posted at: 01/10/2013 6:40 PM
Updated at: 01/10/2013 6:41 PM
By: Lily Jamali

TROY - Governor Andrew Cuomo's education proposals weren't the biggest headline from Wednesday's state of the state speech. But for teachers at P.S. 14, it was all the talk on Thursday morning.

"I know all of us were excited when we came in. I think it would work - it would be a wonderful thing," said Pre-K teacher Nancy Doran-Hite.

Governor Cuomo laid out a plan that stresses more learning time and better teachers and principals - with proposals including:

*extending the school day and year.

*expanding pre-kindergarten for kids who need it

*replicating the "community school" model.

"What you're talking about is bringing in medical services bringing in social services," said Richard Iannuzzi, President of New York State United Teachers.

Timothy Kremer, Executive Director of the New York State School Boards Association, says funding poses the biggest challenge, specifically, where to find it and how to sustain it.

"Much of how [Gov. Cuomo] wants to distribute the money is through competitive grants. I might win that grant on that first year. I might negotiate with our school to extend our school year and our school day and then in year two, it really upsets the apple cart unless I have some promise that I can count on that funding system from year to year," Kremer said.