Senator Huntley's remarks on the "Better Schools Act " (S. 5576 Parker) during a 2:00 am Session
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the education law and the New York city charter, in relation to enacting the "better schools act"; expanding the duties of the city board and other officials of the city of New York, and the independent budget office; establishing procedures and policies for certain education related matters, and creating the center for parent and student service and empowerment
For years, students at PS 48 in Jamaica had to eat lunch, take gym classes and hold school events in a crowded, multi-purpose room. Administrators tried to get the 72-year-old building renovated to have the necessary facilities for their 360 students, but it was impossible.
The New York Charter Parents Association (NYCPA) is a non-profit organization founded by parents. We are an independent organization advocating for parent and student rights in charter schools.
We would like to see the following charter laws amended:
Equal Per Pupil Funding, Facilities Funding, Charter Contracts and By-Laws, State Receivership, Independent Parent Association, Accountability and Transparency, Parent Voice, Parent Rights, Student Rights, Co-locations and Charter Cap.