Expert Advice for New York on Its Education Plan

July 18, 2017

New York is developing a new plan to improve education across the state. The state’s vision will address ideas for how to better identify and support struggling schools and districts, how to close the state’s achievement gap, and much more.

It’s really a great opportunity for New York because the state can craft a plan that’s bold, innovative, and relevant to New York’s students, New York’s teachers and New York’s schools – not top-down one-size-fits-all goals dictated by Washington.

The choices New York makes in developing this new plan can help propel education forward in the state.

This is great news – but it also means that New York leaders need to make sure they put together a strong plan that will help advance educational opportunities for all students.

Education leaders and policymakers in New York are currently drafting a plan, which they will submit to the U.S. Department of Education by September 18.

Luckily for New York, 17 states have already submitted their own plans back in April – and experts from both sides of the aisle have given thorough feedback. That means that New York is in an ideal position to craft a plan that works for New York — but also look at what experts think are best practices from examples that already exist.

Now, we need to make sure that New York’s policymakers know about these great resources.

New York kids are smart. New York teachers are ready. But we need to be active citizens and speak up in order to make New York a leader in education.

Visit CheckStatePlans.org to help make your state’s plan to improve education the best it can be!

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Adam Ezring is the Director of Policy at the Collaborative for Student Success.