Education debate splitting Dems
Posted at 08:15 PM on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010
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A Republican-backed bill that would give parents unprecedented rights to remake low-performing schools would offer them three options: replace the school’s staff, convert the school to a charter, or request vouchers to attend other public or private schools.
The bill is expected to be filed today by state Sen. Joseph Kyrillos (R-Monmouth), and would go beyond most other states’ versions of the so-called parent trigger by offering school vouchers.
California has enacted a similar law that would allow for charter conversions, and the first such petition was submitted last week for a Compton elementary school. A half-dozen other states have considered comparable measures.
Kyrillos said in a press release that his bill -- the Parent Empowerment and Choice Act -- would require the state to act within six months of families’ approved petitions on any one of the three options. A majority of eligible households would be required for the petition to be approved.
"The Parent Empowerment and Choice Act allows parents to take matters into their own hands
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From the New York Times:
One of the most influential lobbyists in Albany has been implicated in Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo’s wide-ranging investigation of the New York state pension fund and has agreed to pay a $500,000 fine.
The lobbyist, Patricia Lynch, arranged campaign contributions, gifts and even a job to gain access to Alan G. Hevesi, then the state comptroller, on behalf of clients seeking investments from the