Educational Opportunity

New York’s top Court has held that our Constitution guarantees every New York student a sound basic education through high school.  This promise of a free public school education is a basic to our State’s commitment to the future and therefore should be a top priority.  However, the cost of providing such a sound basic education, which should include the opportunity to be ready for college or other advanced training for a career, is not being met in every part of the State.  As a result, some public schools, particularly in economically depressed areas, are seriously inadequate.  Also, our Constitution makes no mention of higher education, which is essential for many careers in the 21st century.

Needed changes:

  • Better secure in every community the right to a sound basic public school education through high school;
  • Mandate readily affordable and debt-free tuition at public institutions of higher education.