A BAT Warning to Governor Cuomo

You are going to leave office having done more to demoralize teachers and students than any governor in the history of this state. By blaming teachers and administrators for test scores whose causes derive more from out of school factors than in school ones- you will end up driving out the state’s best teachers and principals and creating a test driven public school system that will extinguish the light of intellectual curiosity in many students while humiliating others. If you had advisors who were lifetime educators, you would not be making this mistake, but you seem more interested in having your education brain trust come from the business community than those who really know what is happening on the ground. But rest assured that opposition to your policies will continue to grow and your emphasis on closing schools and firing teachers will backfire.