Assembly candidate Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced his plan to strengthen schools and reform education in the North Country and New York State. Jones’ platform includes investing in and improving schools, getting rid of Common Core, offering more early education options and ensuring safe learning environments.
“As a father, I know that a good education is the most valuable thing I can give my daughter, Ella,” said Jones. “I owe it to her and to every North Country child to make our schools stronger so they’re prepared for a lifetime of success.”
Jones laid out a comprehensive education platform to support North Country schools and students. Jones will fight against Common Core to take the focus off of high-stakes testing and return control of the curriculum to educators and parents, because he knows bureaucrats in Washington and Albany shouldn’t be deciding our kids’ futures. He’ll also work to expand full-day pre-K and early education programs so kids get a solid start and increase the number of classrooms so students receive more individual attention.
In addition, Jones understands that more state aid for local schools is vital to improving education. He’ll work to make sure schools have both the resources they need and the educational technology necessary so students are prepared for the jobs of tomorrow. He also noted that we need to make sure state education aid is being used wisely and going straight to our classrooms to ensure taxpayer dollars aren’t being wasted on unnecessary bureaucracy.
Lastly, Jones cited infrastructure needs of schools as a priority he will focus on in the state Assembly. After the recent discovery of lead contamination in water fixtures at Tupper Lake Central School District, it’s especially critical to focus on protecting the safety and health of students. He’ll push to increase building aid to upgrade schools and maintain a safe environment for students.