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Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2012 State of the State Address

Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer

Governor Cuomo and school boards certainly agree on one thing: The future of our state depends on our public schools.

In focusing on results and efficiency, Mr. Cuomo has taken a page from the school board agenda.

Since the fiscal crisis began, school boards have proposed school district efficiencies and innovations through our “Be the Change for Kids” campaign.

The first place to start is mandate relief. For too long, meaningful mandate relief has stalled in Albany, as powerful special interests have stymied every attempt to change the status quo.

School boards often face this same gridlock at the local level whenever they attempt to do things differently.

Kudos to the governor for tackling school district pension costs. We eagerly await details of his proposal.

If the governor is going to hold schools accountable for results and dollars, then the buck stops with school board members. They need to play a key role in the governor’s commission to promote performance and accountability in schools.