EDUCATION


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  • Governor Cuomo believes that if we give to schools, they give back. His record of achievement is built on innovation and investment -- creating many new programs while more than doubling state aid to local schools since he took office.

  • The Governor has also led the fight to make sure that the state distributes its $9 billion in annual aid more fairly.

  • His innovations include: the first Community Schools program in the nation -- a model for making schools the center of community activity -- including 41 schools serving 20,000 students statewide which stay open into the late evening providing those in disadvantaged communities a broad range of services, including youth activities, day care and counseling; the award-winning New York State Mentoring Program which encourages successful adults to work one-on-one with at-risk students -- there are now 3,115 students from 214 schools in the program; the first summer Institutes for Mathematics and Science for exceptional students; and, the first statewide Magnet School program, which now serves more than 70,000 children.

  • As a result of these and other innovations and initiatives, drop-out rates are at an historic low.

  • In higher education, Governor Cuomo has made New York's Tuition Assistance Program the most generous in the nation, helping 300,000 working-class and needy students. New York provides more aid than the next two states combined and our public university tuition is still lower than comparable schools in the Northeast.

  • Placing a premium on high-tech research, New York has invested hundreds of millions in university science and technology projects -- including the creation of 13 Centers for Advanced Technology at schools like Columbia University, Cornell University, Syracuse University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

  • Governor Cuomo turned to Lieutenant Governor Stan Lundine to direct the state's Career Pathways Workforce Preparation Program providing job training for 40,000 young New Yorkers to receive help them compete after graduation.

  • Since pre-kindergarten education has proven its benefits and cost-effectiveness, the Governor has expanded these programs five-fold since taking office, investing $47 million this year to serve 20,000 youngsters. Since 1983, available child care slots have more than doubled.

  • Governor Cuomo's future plans include greater innovations. His "21st Century Schools" are a totally new approach to education that would allow selected schools to operate free of most state regulations. This would give local officials and parents much greater control over their schools.

  • The Governor created Liberty Scholarships to provide higher educational opportunity to deserving students starting next year. The program has subsequently been adopted by Congress as a national model.

  • In 1994, the Governor announced his Excelsior Schools initiative to give gifted high school students the opportunity to take advantage of SUNY's existing academic and research facilities.