Teachout has reserved her harshest words for Cuomo's cuts to public education. "[The New York public school system] has been robbed," she said. "Cuomo started his governorship proposing the largest cut to education funding in state history. You can't have public education without art and music and counseling, all the things a kid needs to become a person, not this little widget."
Teachout was a virtual unknown until she emerged late last month as contender for the WFP's gubernatorial nomination. A former organizer for Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign, Teachout quickly gained favor among the party's hard core liberal activists, many of whom believe Cuomo's policies have gone too far in favoring businesses and the wealthy.
Shrugging off Cuomo's strong standing in the polls and his immense fundraising advantage, Teachout vowed to run an energetic campaign and expressed confidence that she would not lack the financial resources to win. "It is going to be great summer of Democracy--a 3-month summer of Democracy," Teachout said.
Let's invest in the future; let's reimagine our classrooms for the next generation; let's have the smartest classrooms in the nation because our children deserve nothing less than the best. Let's go to the people of this state, with a bond referendum with a smart schools initiative lets invest $2 billion in providing the technology of tomorrow today to bring our classrooms up to speed.
Said Congresswoman Hochul, "If we create a partnership between our local businesses and our local schools, we can provide our students with the sufficient skills to meet the needs of these fast-growing industries, while keeping a trained workforce right here in Western New York."
Hochul's legislation would incentivize partnerships between employers and educational institutions by providing local businesses with a tax credit of $1,000 for each student participating in a qualified technical training and skills partnering program.
Hochul will next convene a roundtable of local schools and potential industry partners to discuss the next steps in building a stronger relationship between educational institutions and local employers.
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