Cuomo calls for commission on public school reform

By Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he's creating a
special commission to improve public schools, likely with
competitive grants.

The measure is a key part of Cuomo's State of the State speech Wednesday.

Cuomo's move would avoid the problem faced by past governors who
were stymied by the state Board of Regents, which sets education policy and is appointed by the Legislature.

Cuomo would use the tactic of providing competitive grants to encourage specific reforms that he learned as housing secretary
under President Bill Clinton and is also used by President Barack
Obama.

He has said he wants to change the debate of over education from spending to student performance, noting New York trails 30 states
in some measures.

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