Jacobs pushes back against NYSED initaitive

NYSED looking for public schools to give oversight to private schools

Mike Baggerman
August 27, 2019 - 3:45 pm

Nardin Academy on Cleveland Ave in Buffalo (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - New York State Senator Chris Jacobs wants people to push-back the New York State Education Department's initiative that he said will give public school districts oversight responsibilities on education at private and religious schools in New York State.

"This would change over a 100-year tradition of the separation of private school education and public schools," Jacobs said while joined alongside private school officials in Buffalo on Wednesday. "(There is) actually a healthy collaboration but respectful boundaries."

Jacobs said that the NYSED initiatives are redundant because of the high standards that are already at many of the private and religious schools in the region.

"This is an unfunded mandate both in terms of on the private institutions and public institutions," Jacobs added. "None of the local school districts and boards that I represent say they want to assume this responsibility to take on oversight, an additional responsibility...They have a lot of responsibilities...I know they have their hands full and they don't need to come in and try and get oversight on a private educational institution."

Jacobs is urging NYSED to take a step back and be more thoughtful.

HEAR SENATOR JACOBS TALK ABOUT THE INITIATIVE AND HEAR FROM SCHOOL OFFICIALS

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