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
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.
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.