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A Squeaker and the Squawkers: The DeVos Confirmation as U.S. Secretary of Education

By Thomas W. Carroll President, Invest in Education Coalition Betsy DeVos’s nomination as U.S. Education Secretary may be a squeaker, as 48 Democrats in the U.S. Senate appear ready to vote as a bloc against her nomination. The minority party is responding to intense pressure from the nation’s two leading teachers unions. As well, two … Continue reading A Squeaker and the Squawkers: The DeVos Confirmation as U.S. Secretary of Education


New York’s Catholic School Closure Crisis and Declining Educational Opportunity

New York’s long history of Catholic schools providing quality educational opportunity to diverse student populations, including low-income, immigrant, and minority students, faces an uncertain future.  As highlighted in the Invest In Education Foundation’s new report The Catholic School Closure Crisis and Declining Educational Opportunity in New York, the declining Catholic school enrollment and school closures … Continue reading New York’s Catholic School Closure Crisis and Declining Educational Opportunity


NY’s Non-Religious K-12 Scholarship Programs Expanding Educational Opportunity

The rich tradition of private schools in New York State serving diverse student populations – including students from low-income, immigrant, and minority families – is at risk.  Economic pressures faced by many New York families coupled with increasingly-unaffordable tuition rates have resulted in a dramatic decline in K-12 private school enrollment, forcing hundreds of private … Continue reading NY’s Non-Religious K-12 Scholarship Programs Expanding Educational Opportunity


Statement from Invest In Ed Coalition Spokesman Bob Bellafiore

March 2, 2016 “Today we heard from a several of Albany’s usual suspects who once again trotted out their opposition to the proposed Scholarship Tax Credit.” “Let’s be clear about what these groups want — for school choice to be the exclusive purview of families who can afford expensive and exclusive private schools or homes … Continue reading Statement from Invest In Ed Coalition Spokesman Bob Bellafiore


Education Tax Credit Shows Early Momentum in 2016 NYS Legislative Session

The 2016 session of the New York State Legislature kicked into gear this week with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s state of the state address, and action by the State Senate on legislation for an Education Scholarship Tax Credit. As part of his state of the state speech, Governor Cuomo unveiled his 2016-17 Executive Budget proposal which … Continue reading Education Tax Credit Shows Early Momentum in 2016 NYS Legislative Session


Invest In Ed Statement on Governor Cuomo’s Budget

Scholarships for low-income, working families essential part of a progressive agenda For Immediate Release: January 13, 2016 Contact: Bob Bellafiore, bob@stanhope-ny.com, 518-928-8471 ALBANY, NY (January 13, 2016) — The Invest in Education Coalition today issued the following statement regarding Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Budget proposal: “Governor Cuomo shows a progressive agenda must give poor and … Continue reading Invest In Ed Statement on Governor Cuomo’s Budget


Invest In Ed Congratulates Senate for Passing Scholarship Plan

Bipartisan support shows focus on beneficiaries of scholarships — lower income and working families ALBANY, NY (January 11, 2016) The Invest in Education Coalition today congratulated the New York Senate upon its overwhelming bipartisan approval of a bill that creates a new scholarship plan aimed at helping lower-income and working families attend private schools, and also creates a first-ever tax benefit … Continue reading Invest In Ed Congratulates Senate for Passing Scholarship Plan