Providing a quality education for our children
There is nothing more
important to Westchester's future than educating young minds.
I've worked in the Assembly to help children receive a quality
education and to ensure that their parents can be actively involved
in their education, I've fought to help students obtain a quality
college education. I have consistently pushed for a strong investment
in education without overburdening taxpayers, one that gives our
children every advantage.
Since I took office,
I worked hard to secure over $74 million to schools in the 89th
Assembly District. The funding helps provide our schools with
the tools they need to give our children a top-notch education.
In order to keep our students active and safe after the final
bell rings, I worked to secure $115,000 in funding so White Plains
schools and community-based organizations can continue the Extended
Day/School Violence Protection Program.
We as parents play
one of the most crucial roles in keeping our children on the right
track at school. To help parents stay involved in their child's
education, I sponsored the Parent-Teacher Communications Act,
which would allow all parents or guardians to communicate with
children's teachers through an Internet program (A.6913). The
program would help parents virtually meet with their child's teacher
in the comfort of their own homes. The meetings will help parents
better focus their energy to the areas of study that their children
need the most help.
A strong investment
in our children's education should not be solely shouldered by
property-taxpayers. That is why I fought against the governor's
repeated attempts to cut our school aid, which would have forced
massive property tax increases. I rejected his plan to sacrifice
the STAR program in order to pay for court ordered increases to
school funding. I have not only fought to protect the STAR program,
but also to expand eligibility so more property-taxpayers can
benefit from the savings.
To stave off the governor's cuts to higher education, I also fought
to restore funding to the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). TAP
funding helps keep a college education affordable for many Westchester
students. The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities
(CICU) has praised the Legislature for restoring the governor's
cuts to TAP along with those to Higher Education Opportunity Programs
and Direct Institutional Aid. It is unfortunate that the governor
vetoed $8.75 million for necessary improvements at SUNY Purchase's
Campus Central Plaza. The college is a vital part of our economy
and I'm going to continue my efforts to invest in our higher education
through college, we must ensure our children achieve academic
excellence. We must keep the dream of a college education within
reach of all families. We must also be mindful of not overburdening
taxpayers, as we provide all students with an opportunity to receive
a top-notch education, these will be tools to help build a stronger
economy and a stronger Westchester.