PRESS STATEMENT: Focus Should be on Funding Viable Programs, Not on Parent’s Buying Rosetta Stone

PRESS STATEMENT: Focus Should be on Funding Viable Programs, Not on Parent’s Buying Rosetta Stone

December 22, 2015 Legislative & Political Updates

For Immediate Release:

Contact:
Wendy Liberatore, Statewide Communications Coordinator, AQE
wendy@aqeny.org / (518) 432-5315 ext. 102; cell-(518) 491-0454

NEW YORK CITY (December 22, 2015) — The Alliance for Quality Education has released the following statement in response to New York City Chancellor Carmen Farina’s comment to a mother last night. The parent aired her concerns about her child’s school foreign language program being cut.

“Chancellor Carmen Farina’s statement that parents should buy expensive Rosetta Stone programs for their children whose schools are cutting foreign language programs was an unfortunate remark,” said Zakiyah Ansari, Advocacy Director with the Alliance for Quality Education. “More than 50 percent of New York City students are living below the poverty line. We cannot expect parents to choose between enrichment activities for their kids and basic necessities like food and shelter. Our New York City schools are owed $2 billion in CFE funding. It has been the failure and inaction of the Governor and New York State legislature to meet its constitutional obligation to our children and has forced schools to cut valuable programs. We must advocate in Albany together to bring much needed resources and enrichments to our schools.”

The DNAInfo article on the Chancellor’s meeting with parents can be read here.

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