Assemblywoman Galef Focuses on State Mandates and School Responses on her “Dear Sandy” TV Show

August 10, 2011
Assemblywoman Sandy Galef hosts School Superintendents Gloria Colucci, of Garrison Union Free School District, and Dr. Ed Fuhrman, of Croton-Harmon Union Free School District, on her television show, “Dear Sandy.” Galef, Colucci, and Fuhrman discuss a school coalition called R.E.AD., Regional Educational Advocacy Districts, a group of school districts that have gotten together to address their shared interests, including how state mandates that are not funded cause hardships for schools.

The New York State government requires school districts to meet certain requirements or enact programs, which often have no state funding attached, resulting in unfunded mandates that put financial pressure on school districts. R.E.A.D. is attempting to identify the costs of those mandates and advocating to reduce them and the burden they place on schools, so that students can get the best possible education for a lower cost. Colucci and Fuhrman detail how legislation and regulations, without a clear understanding of their ramifications, can eat into time and budgets.

“Unfunded mandates are a source of strain for our educational system,” Galef said. “Ed and Gloria, with their R.E.A.D. group, are doing a wonderful job working to identify the impact of these costs to schools. Hopefully, at the state level, we can work to eliminate mandates that will help schools to operate more efficiently.”

To learn more, tune in to cable television at the following dates and times.

“R.E.A.D. and State Mandates” airs as follows:

Cablevision
Fridays, August 26, September 2, 9, & 16
at 9:00 P.M. on
Ossining and Peekskill Channel 15

(Briarcliff, Ossining, Scarborough, Buchanan, Cortlandt, Croton, Garrison, Montrose, Peekskill, Philipstown South, Verplanck)
Wappingers Falls Channel 21
(Cold Spring, Philipstown North)
and
Yorktown Channel 74

(Lake Peekskill, Putnam Valley)

Comcast
Fridays, August 26, September 2 & 9
at 7:30 pm
Carmel, Kent, Mahopac & Putnam Valley Channel 8

*Please check your local listings as the air dates for this channel may change

Verizon FiOS Customers
Please check your local listings for specific air times.