As classes resume, Buffalo schools have little time left for major improvement

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, visiting Lockport last week, raised the educational stakes in answering a question about low-performing schools. To protect New York’s students, he said, there must be “a death penalty for failing schools, so to speak.”

It’s the most declarative statement Cuomo has made regarding his public impatience with schools that don’t measure up, and that’s saying something, given this governor’s open commitment to ending the status quo of chronic failure. We hope he was serious, because he will surely be held to his word.

Cuomo came to Western New York on Thursday to deliver relief checks to those devastated by a June 28 flash flood, but education – or the lack of it – dominated the news. Failing schools, he said, should be given only a short time to improve. If they don’t, he said, “then something dramatic has to happen, because we can’t allow these failing schools to continue.”

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