Education

Cuomo Sets ‘Decade of the Child’ as Goal

By William Snider — January 13, 1988 2 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

Under the watchful eyes of political observers who remain unconvinced that he will not enter the Presidential race this year, Gov. Mario M. Cuomo of New York last week delivered a State of the State address that called on lawmakers “to make the next 10 years the Decade of the Child.”

“Now a staggering number of our children are undereducated, underfed, and overly tempted by drugs, alcohol, and sex,” he said, in a speech that often strayed from the 100-page prepared text.

“The problem of our children,” he said, “demands a bold and broad commitment of government at all levels, in partnership with the whole community.”

In addition to proposing that the state increase its efforts in health and welfare programs that have a direct impact on disadvantaged children, the Governor asked the legislature to make “a very strong commitment to education.”

Mr. Cuomo proposed few specific new education-related programs, but instead listed five-year goals, such as halving the state’s dropout rate and making pre-kindergarten programs available to all 4-year-olds.

The major new program he advocated was targeted both at reducing the dropout rate and increasing the college-attendance rates of students from low-income families. He proposed creating “liberty” scholarships, which would become available to every 7th grader in the state whose family income falls to a level 130 percent below the poverty line.

The scholarship, he said, “would say to that 7th grader that we, the state, will guarantee that if you finish high school, if you persist ... the state will supply whatever financial help you need to complete a college education in this state.”

The gap between currently available state and federal aid and the cost of attending a state university is $2,005, according to state officials.

Mr. Cuomo also renewed his call, first made last year, for the inclusion of a poverty factor in the allocation of state aid for remedial programs.

Such a factor, he said, would allow school districts “that demonstrate solid performance ... to continue in their own way,” while districts with schools performing at the lowest levels on the state’s Comprehensive As8sessment Reports would be “held strictly accountable to the [State Board of] Regents for improving the achievement of these students.”

The Governor’s comments seemed to stop short of endorsing the Regents’ proposal for a new program called Public Accountability for Comprehensive Education, which would consolidate many existing aid and grant funds, including special and compensatory education and the Limited English Proficiency program.

Under the Regents’ proposal, pace would be funded at $627 million. Districts would be grouped into three categories: those meeting acceptable standards; those with limited identifiable needs; and those with substantial identifiable needs. A greater degree of freedom would be allowed districts in the highest category, while those in the lowest would have to seek approval from the state department of education for all pace expenditures.

Both the Governor’s and the Regents’ proposals are aimed at removing the “disincentives” to success contained in current aid formulas that reduce funding for districts that have solved the problems targeted by special aid programs.

A version of this article appeared in the January 13, 1988 edition of Education Week as Cuomo Sets ‘Decade of the Child’ as Goal

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
School & District Management Webinar
Deepen the Reach and Impact of Your Leadership
This webinar offers new and veteran leaders a unique opportunity to listen and interact with four of the most influential educational thinkers in North America. With their expert insights, you will learn the key elements
Content provided by Solution Tree
Science K-12 Essentials Forum Teaching Science Today: Challenges and Solutions
Join this event which will tackle handling controversy in the classroom, and making science education relevant for all students.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Student Well-Being Webinar
Stronger Together: Integrating Social and Emotional Supports in an Equity-Based MTSS
Decades of research have shown that when schools implement evidence-based social and emotional supports and programming, academic achievement increases. The impact of these supports – particularly for students of color, students from low-income communities, English
Content provided by Illuminate Education

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated: January 12, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education School Bus Driver Retires After 48 Years Behind Wheel
Charles City school bus driver Betty Flick sat behind the wheel for the final time last week, wrapping up a 48-year career for the district.
3 min read
Charles City school bus driver Betty Flick poses with one of her farewell signs. Flick has been driving for Charles City School District for 48 years.
Betty Flick quickly fell in love with the job and with the kids, which is what has had her stay in the district for this long.
Courtesy of Abby Koch/Globe Gazette
Education Briefly Stated: December 1, 2021
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education Briefly Stated: November 17, 2021
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read