700 Million Good Reasons

Echoing Michael Bloomberg’s strategy of advocating for legislative changes that could unlock federal money, education advocates released this statewide ad, which says:

“Albany can still get the money from Washington by raising the cap on charter public schools and demanding greater accountability from teachers in the classroom.”

Here’s the script:

“When the teachers union stood in the way of common-sense education reforms, our public schools lost $700 million from the Obama administration — money we could have used to stop devastating budget cuts.
 
That’s just wrong.
 
But Albany can still get the money from Washington by raising the cap on charter public schools and demanding greater accountability from teachers in the classroom.
 
Albany should do what’s right.
 
There are 700 million good reasons why.”