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SOSvBPHA Priorities Comparison

SOSvBPHA Priorities Comparison

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BPHA Priorities vs. Cuomo SOS
People for New York January 9, 2014
Education 1.
Afterschool & Additional Learning Programs The Caucus:
The Caucus supports:
 English as a second language programs (ESL).
 No cuts to art, music or sports programs and academic intervention services
Community colleges, opportunity programs, and post-secondary programs.
 Extended learning time
 Nothing stated.
Universal Pre-kindergarten The Caucus:
Children who receive early education do better in school and in life. Mayor Bill de Blasio won his election on a commitment to universal Pre-kindergarten and after school programs for middle school students. And he won BIG. His campaign platform has made him a national figure and a beacon for the possibility of progressive government. Mayor De Blasio laid out a plan to
tax the top 1% of New Yorkers to achieve this goal. Last year’s state of the state indicates that
Governor Cuomo also supports universal Pre-kindergarten. Albany must pass the De Blasio  plan for universal Pre-kindergarten and after-school programs.
 Make Full-Day Pre-Kindergarten Universal in NYS
Quality early childhood education provides a critical foundation for
students’ entire educational
career. This is particularly important in high-need communities, as repeated research has demonstrated over the last several decades.
Last year, Governor Cuomo launched the State’s first program dedicated to providing full
-day pre-kindergarten to children in our highest-needs communities. More than 5,500 children will enroll in full-day pre-k for the first time over the next few months as a result of this dedicated funding for a proven educational program. It is time to fulfill
the State’s goal of truly “Universal Pre
Kindergarten” access for all children.”
The DREAM Act The Caucus:
The Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act (Bill A02597/S2378) is legislation that would allow undocumented students the opportunity to apply for state college educational assistance programs to help pay for higher education. It also creates the DREAM
Fund commission. This bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Francisco Moya and Senator Jose Peralta, was reintroduced in the 2013-2014 session. Programs Include:
Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)
Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (C-STEP)
Opportunity Programs available at Community Colleges
 Nothing stated.
Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) The Caucus:
 In 2010 and 2011 Albany cut $2.7 billion in aid to education; and funding restorations since then have not kept up with rising costs resulting in yet more classroom cuts. Albany must live up to its word,
to the courts and to our children. This year’s budg 
et should include a $1 billion  foundation aid increase solely to meet CFE obligations.
The Caucus seeks to increase graduation rates statewide. In order to do this New York must  provide necessary resources for The Contracts for Excellence and the largest aid increases under
the settlement of the CFE. New York State’s Commissioner of Education, Dr. John King, has repeatedly warned that our schools face the prospect of “educational insolvency” whereby they
will not be able to provide the quality of education students need to be prepared for college and in some cases will be unable to fulfill the requirements for graduation. According to the New York State Board of Regents 1 the budget actions of the state in recent years have hurt our schools by leaving them:
With state school funding below 2008-09 levels
A $2.2 billion Gap Elimination Adjustment that has to be paid back by the state to schools
Foundation Aid that is $5.5 billion behind what was committed in the CFE settlement At the current rate and with current state law the CFE commitment will not be fulfilled until the 2027-28 school year, without adjusting for inflation. Unless the Legislature adds more school aid, another round of classroom cuts is inevitable.
 Nothing stated.
Marijuana Decriminalization The Caucus
 New York is a tale of two criminal justice systems. Our current marijuana laws and illegal stop and frisks are the cornerstones to a prison industrial complex that harms communities of color. On the harsh marijuana possession laws Gov
ernor Cuomo said last year, “It’s not right. It’s not  fair. It must end.” We didn’t end it. We must walk the walk and pass marijuana
decriminalization within the first 90 days of the legislative session.
In 2012, there were nearly 50,000 arrests for small amounts of marijuana. Most of those arrested are young people who are then saddled with permanent criminal records that follow them for the rest of their lives. And as Governor Cuomo has noted, the racial disparities in these arrests is plainly evident: approximately 85% of those arrested are Black and Latino, mostly youth, even though the data shows that young whites are the predominant users of marijuana. These practices waste our criminal justice resources, including police time, for unnecessary criminal proceedings, costing taxpayers at least $75 million every year.
 Nothing stated. The Governor only spoke on Marijuana as it relates to healthcare.
Stop & Frisk The Caucus:
 New York is a tale of two criminal justice systems. Our current marijuana laws and illegal stop and frisks are the cornerstones to a prison industrial complex that harms communities of color. We must walk the walk to secure real justice and fair practices within our criminal justice  system.
Stop and Frisk has been one of the top priorities of the Caucus for at least the past decade and we seek to end all abusive and discriminatory practices of profiling and illegal stops. The existence of Stop and Frisk c
reates a bias…The Caucus will continue to fight for equitable legislation that
allows for all citizens to be treated equally and not discriminated against based on their race and ethnicity.
 Nothing stated.
 Raise the Age The Caucus:
We need a comprehensive approach to raise the age of criminal responsibility in New York State.  New York is only ONE of TWO states in the nation who prosecute minors in the adult justice  system.
The Caucus seeks to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18 years of age. Currently, New York State is one of only 2 states in the country (North Carolina is the other) that defines age 15 as the cut-off for juvenile jurisdiction. This means that all children 16 and 17 years old are  prosecuted as adults in the criminal justice system regardless of the alleged offense. They are also housed with adults in adult jails and prisons. Research shows that youth are not safe in adult  jails and prisons and are at a greater risk of sexual assault and physical violence. In light of this, we support legislation to amend the criminal procedure law, the executive law, the family court act and the penal law, in relation to raising the age of criminal responsibility; and to repeal certain provisions of the criminal procedure law, relating to all children under the age of 18 years old.

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