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Campaign for Fiscal Equity

Elaine Fink

Elaine Fink, Superintendent of Community School District 2, the local and national model for professional development, testified about the success of District 2’s professional development program.

Ms. Fink testified that District 2 implemented this program because of the high numbers of low-performing students. Due to this program, District 2 has increased scores on criterion-referenced tests of students who come from low-income homes, but in order to get those same students to meet the Regents’ new Learning Standards, the teachers must obtain the requisite expertise. Ms. Fink testified that with more money, District 2 could improve scores to a much greater extent.

District 2 utilizes numerous techniques to strengthen its teachers’ abilities, including: general, inter- and intra-visitations for teachers; Reading Recovery training; Teacher Mentoring Programs; and Professional Development 3-week labs.

Testimony given on January 5 &13, 2000

Parents from across the state march on the Capitol in Albany to show support for CFE.
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