KIDS DESERVE UNIVERSAL, FULL TIME PRE-K!" URGES ALBERT BALDEO.
BETTER EDUCATION FOR OUR KIDS!
demand that Albany provide adequate funding now for: smaller
class sizes in all grades, a quality teacher in each
equipped science labs in every middle and high school, modern
books and materials, quality
early childhood and after-school program, academic enrichment
& remediation programs."
candidate Albert Baldeo (R), and other parents, protest the
poor state of education in the community.
Albert Baldeo participates in rallies and protests for better
public schools sponsored by CFE, UFT, ACORN, AQE, ANYCEC, BEC,
CPAC, CCB, NAACP, and other progressive organizations. "Our
kids are our future!"
STATE SHOULD MAKE UNIVERSAL FULL-DAY PRE-K A REALITY IN NY
TESTIMONY OF ALBERT BALDEO, STATE SENATE CANDIDATE FOR
DISTRICT 15 BEFORE COMMUNITY BOARD 9
August 15, 2006
Borough President, Community Board President and members,
ladies and gentlemen, fellow parents:
My name is Albert Baldeo. I am
an attorney and community advocate. Like most of you, I
believe in making government and the taxes we pay, work for
us. I am the Democratic candidate contesting the State Senate
seat currently held by Senator Serf Maltese for over 18
years, which encompasses Forest Hills Gardens, Glendale,
Hamilton Beach, Howard Beach, Maspeth, Middle Village, Old
Howard Beach, Ridgewood, Woodhaven, and parts of Elmhurst,
Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Ozone Park, Rego Park, Richmond
Hill, South Richmond Hill, South Ozone Park, Sunnyside and
Woodside. Most importantly, I am the parent of a 2 year old.
The proposed pre-K site is located in my district, and I am
here to lend my vigorous support and unreserved joy for this
initiative, on behalf of all those parents, kids and right
thinking residents in our district. It is my fervent hope that
each community will each have a school, and more if
demographic numbers so dictate.
All studies show that kids
need to be in pre-K for a full day to really be ready for
elementary school. Education starts from the pre-K
environment. Investing in a full-day universal pre-K for all 4
year olds would prepare our children for the world of school,
identify any developmental issues they may have, and give
parents a reliable, safe place for their children to go to
each day. To their enormous credit, Borough President Helen
Marshall, Speaker Quinn and Mayor Bloomberg support this idea
as a fundamental requirement for our kids' development. After
all, our kids are our future, and if they are not provided
with the best education possible, then we will lag behind
other countries that implement a sound education for their
In New York City, there are
some 33,000 kids currently in half-day programs, who can
be moved into full-time classes over the next four years.
There are currently about 7,000 kids in full-time pre-K.
Making it universal would cost about $300 million over the
next three years. This is the state's responsibility, and this
noble initiative can and should be funded with the billions of
education dollars the city is trying to collect from the
The Legislature was mandated
by the courts in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) decision
to increase capital funds, so have they been mandated to
greatly increase operating funds between $4.7 and $5.6 billion
annually. This is money desperately needed to hire teachers to
fill the new buildings, thereby lowering class size. It's
money for textbooks and computers and supplies. It's funding
for full-day Kindergarten and yes, for, universal pre-K.
Essentially, it's money to make a school a place of great
The State Legislature's
failure to settle CFE and adequately fund public schools after
multiple court decisions ordering them to do so should not be
taken lightly by voters and taxpayers alike. Unfortunately,
our present representative, Senator Serf Maltese has been
classified as the "chief culprit" in this "unpardonable
crime," the sins of which have been well documented on many
education websites. For example, visit http://www.edvoters.org/index.php,
the website of the League of Education Voters of America, the
national voice that will make creating a world class public
education system for all Americans a priority for public
officials. The League brings together a broad and diverse
coalition of parents, teachers, education advocates, and
community and business leaders to promote sound public
education policies, and to support pro-public education
candidates. Or go to http://www.cfequity.org/, and see
how the dysfunctional State senate has callously rebuffed,
denied and failed our children over the years.
We will never heal the pain of
an entire generation of kids deprived of educational
advancement due to Senator Maltese's malfeasance, but we can
certainly stop this injustice from continuing.
We demand that our elected
leaders cease short changing our kids, and allow more pre-K
facilities to be speedily implemented.
Political Action for Good Schools
League of Education Voters of America is the national
voice that will make creating a world class public education
system for all Americans a priority for public officials. The
League brings together a broad and diverse coalition of
parents, teachers, education advocates, and community and
business leaders to promote sound public education policies,
and to support pro-public education candidates.
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