A panel tasked by Gov. Andrew Cuomo with issuing recommendations for improving the state’s education commission issued its final report on Tuesday, completing its work 19 months after it was launched and four months after it was initially expected to issue its report.
The 66-page report from Cuomo’s Education Reform Commission makes six major recommendations, most of which were outlined in Cuomo’s State of the State address last week. Among them: expand access to state-funded, full-day pre-kindergarten programs, boost technology in schools across the state and implement a merit-pay program that gives bonuses to teachers who perform well.
“We sought to develop a set of recommendations that would integrate our system of public education to provide the maximum benefit to each and every child in our state,” commission chairman Richard Parsons wrote in the report.
In his State of the State, Cuomo proposed expanding full-day pre-kindergarten to all school districts across the state, though it’s unclear how he plans to pay for it. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has been pushing Albany to approve raising taxes on the city’s wealthy in order to fund universal pre-K there, a plan that is supported by many Democrats in the Legislature.
Cuomo also called for borrowing $2 billion to fund technology upgrades in school districts, allowing them to do things like purchase tablets and computers and upgrade Internet access.
Here’s the commission’s full report: