Analysis of the State of the State

Governor Cuomo has finished his six-stop State of the State Tour, during which he presented education policies he'll be championing this legislative session. Below are the education proposals as presented in the 2017 State of the State book (available here). 

Pre-K-12 Proposals



Proposed Cost

Expanded after-school care

The governor proposes an additional $35 million in competitive grants available to the 16 cities that are part of the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative. The aim is to create an additional 22,000 slots for after-school care.

$35 million

Pre-K expansion

The proposal aims to merge existing pre-k programs, including the priority program for high need districts and the universal program, into a single entity. There will be an additional $5 million in funding to expand access, with priority given to high need schools that aren’t currently offering pre-k programs.

$5 million

Cover AP Exam fee for low income students

The governor proposes extending coverage of AP Exam fees for all low-income students.

$2 million

Early college high schools

Invest $5.3 million to create up to 10 new early college high schools focused on technology training, particularly computer science. The goal is for students to finish high school with a diploma and an associate’s degree and be prepared for work in the technology sector.

$5.3 million

Expand master teacher program

Expanding the master teacher program to designate an additional 115 computer science teachers statewide.

$2 million

Computer science training

Partnership with the private sector to train K-12 teachers in computer science education.

No cost specified

Create a New York Tech Workforce Development Task Force

The task force would draw from public and private sectors and focus on aligning education and workforce initiatives with the technology sector.

No cost specified

Expand Empire State Excellence in Teaching Awards

A second round of teaching awards that will recognize at least 60 teachers from across the state.


Linking professional development and online/open source textbooks

Creates incentives for districts to partner with online and open-source textbook providers. A district can invest any savings from its textbook budget in professional development.

No cost specified

Healthy meals access: Farm-to-school programs

An RFP for $500,000 (up to 15 awards) for districts or producers emphasizing building connections between local agriculture and schools. The Department of Agriculture and Markets will prepare training programs for districts to make local purchasing easier. Hold a farm-to-schools statewide summit. Expand education about fresh food.


Recovery high schools

Create recovery high schools for students who have completed treatment programs for substance addiction. Initial goal is to create two schools, one upstate and one downstate, in areas particularly hard hit by addiction. BOCES districts will submit proposals for these schools and will administer them and will work with local social service agencies.

No cost specified

Inspector General for the State Education Department

Creating an Inspector General position targeting fraud and other crimes in the State Education Department. The IG would be appointed by the legislature.

No cost specified


Proposes legislation that would give the Division of Human Rights jurisdiction over complaints about bullying and harassment in public schools. This is in response to an earlier court ruling that the division has no jurisdiction over public schools.

No cost specified

Cyberbullying prevention

A focus on cyberbullying including: legislation making it a felony for anyone who threatens violence or for adults who cyberbully children; a $300,000 anti-cyberbullying campaign; training for school counselors on combatting and responding to cyberbullying; a crisis 24 hour text line and a suicide prevention task force



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