11:30 am Jan. 11, 20131
In his third State of the State address on Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed issuing state grants for longer school days.
"When it comes to education, I say two words: more and better," Cuomo said.
As the Wall Street Journal noted, "the governor didn’t say how much money he would make available for the programs—or how the districts would continue funding the programs after the grants run out."
Today, during his regular Friday morning radio show, Mayor Michael Bloomberg greeted the proposals with a similar level of skepticism.
"I don't think anybody disagrees with the more time in the classroom, the more you can change the child's life," he said, adding, "The problem is, who pays for it? And I think I agree with the governor, it would be great. How you'd pay for it, I don't know. Keep in mind, the state used to pay for 50 percent of our education. Today they pay for 30 or 40 percent of our education."
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