In his third State of the State speech as governor, Cuomo also called on school districts to extend the school day or school year -- or a combination of both -- so the state's students can be prepared for the 21st century economy.
"We need more learning time my friends if we are really serious about improving education," Cuomo said.
The governor, in proposing that learning time be extended by at least 25 percent, said the state would pay 100 percent of the additional costs to districts "to give them the incentive to actually do it.
We're already overworked now - seriously.
Between the PD meetings, the focus groups, the curriculum development, the professional period, the instructional rounds, the mentoring, the after school activities, the five classes, the test prep and the tutoring, I simply CANNOT do any more work or give any more time and do what I do as a teacher well.
I know many teachers feel this way (except for the TFA Barbie Dolls like this one.)
But I bet that won't stop the governor from trying to push this extension through.
And they'll say this extension will be used for music and art and PE and enrichment, but you know how it will end up - it will be used for test prep and test-taking.
Endless test prep and endless testing.
Hard to not be cynical these days whenever a politician talks about improving education.
Hey Andy, you want to improve education?
TRY SMALLER CLASSES.