NEW YORK, Feb. 12 -- The Alliance for Quality Education issued the following news release:
Following Mayor de Blasio's release of his preliminary budget, calling for the state to get on track with the school funding levels agreed upon by the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE), Zakiyah Ansari, Advocacy Director for the Alliance for Quality Education, released the following statement:
"Mayor de Blasio made students the centerpiece of his budget today by calling on the state to get on track with the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, and with his plans for universal pre-k and after-school programs come September.
"It has truly been a 'cynical budget dance' under Gov. Cuomo, he keeps using the same tired old talking point that money does not matter in education. But tell that to a student in an overcrowded school without any art classes. At this point, unless the state legislature increases school aid by $1.9 billion, we are looking at more classroom cuts and little investments in new programs or initiatives.
"Mayor de Blasio's budget recognizes money matters when it comes to our schools, because he knows class sizes are at record-high levels, that our schools have lost art, music, Advanced Placement courses, and so much more. The only real remedy is for the state to get on track with the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, and we are happy our Mayor is ready to stand with us to reverse years of cuts and to begin to make much needed investments in our schools.
"The mayor's budget also plans for full-implementation of pre-K which is only possible with the plan he proposed. The Governor has said he will offer a blank check for New York City pre-K, but his budget is far from it--in fact it would only cover one-eighth of New York City four-year olds," said Zakiyah Ansari, Advocacy Director for the Alliance for Quality Education.
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