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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Billy Easton
Increased class sizes and staff cuts despite higher enrollments in 14 school districts across the state show New York is failing to adequately fund public education, advocates and lawmakers said Monday.
It's not even lunchtime yet, and already the 4-year-olds in West Hertel Academy's full-day prekindergarten have practiced writing the alphabet, discussed the day of the week, months of the year, shapes and the weather.
The expansion in public prekindergarten programs has slowed and even been reversed in some states as school districts cope with shrinking budgets. As a result, many 3- and 4-year-olds aren't going to preschool.
"The evidence is very clear, Gov. (Andrew) Cuomo and the legislature are failing to meet their constitutional obligations to provide for every student's education," Easton said.
Billy Easton, executive director of the alliance, said the districts visited represent the diversity of average- and high-need districts in the state.