Cuomo killing public schools

To the editor:

I’d like to submit the following thoughts and opinions regarding Gov. Cuomo, his drive to kill public schools in the North Country, his ties to Wall Street and his presidential ambitions. The following is written by Diane Ravitch, a real expert in education, unlike our current President Obama, his Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Gov. Cuomo and New York Commissioner of Education John King.

From Diane Ravitch:

“An editorial in the Glens Falls (NY) Post-(Star) deplores Governor Andrew Cuomo’s disastrous policies, which are stripping rural public schools of resources and driving them into economic calamity.

“Governor Cuomo is not just balancing the state budget on the backs of poor school children, the editorial says, he is literally standing on their backs in his reach for the presidency.

“So eager is he to preserve his reputation as a fiscal conservative that he has denied rural schools the funding they need to provide a decent education to its children.

“To meet Cuomo’s demands, class sizes have increased, schools have closed, teachers have been laid off, the middle school band was eliminated, foreign language classes were cut, and the Glens Falls district still can’t balance its budget.

“We know that Governor Cuomo loves testing and loves the Common Core, but neither of these initiatives will compensate for the damage that his policies are doing to the children in upstate New York.

“In the latest state budget, Governor Cuomo became a champion of the billionaires’ charter schools, which enroll 3% of the children in the state. What about the children in impoverished rural districts? Don’t they count? Governor Cuomo also found it in his heart to eliminate a tax on the banks, removing a source of revenue that could have been used to replenish the coffers of rural schools.

“Let’s face it. Our governor, who once declared himself the ‘students’ lobbyist,’ is the lobbyist for Wall Street. He doesn’t care about public education. He doesn’t realize that the children in school today are the future of our state. It’s all about him and his campaign contributors.”

That pretty much sums it up. The guy that gave us the SAFE Act, Gap Elimination and dismantled the commission on ethics that he started is running for governor again. Vote for him at your own risk. Me, I’m voting Republican for the first time in my life.

Glenn Poirier

Tupper Lake