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Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Pataki unveils education initiative at Troy School 12
By: Robert Cristo , The Record
TROY - Gov. George Pataki visited School 12 Monday to unveil an initiative focused on preparing youngsters for the high-tech jobs of the future and giving their parents a little extra cash to invest in their children's education.
Pataki joined state Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, Troy school district leaders and about 50 elementary school pupils to highlight his new executive budget proposals that include reforms in math and science and provides parents with a refundable education tax credit of up to $500 per child.
If approved as part of Pataki's $634 million state school aid increase, the two-pronged initiative would help defray the cost of education-related spending for parents and provide programs to better prepare students for careers in math, science and engineering fields.
Pataki contends that the education tax credit would build on "progress" already made in education and will give parents new resources and flexibility to help them meet the educational needs of their children by enrolling them in after-school or other state-certified tutoring programs.
"Parents know best what the educational needs of their children are," said Pataki, inside the School 12 gymnasium on First Street. "When you empower a parent and let them get more involved with their child's education, the child gets a better education result."
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