José Peralta knows that education equals opportunity. He is a product of local public schools and has seen firsthand how many doors a sound public education can open up for our families.
But for far too many Queens residents, our schools are letting us down. In the Senate, José will fight to improve our education system and to make college more affordable for students and families.
Closing the Graduation Gap and Decrease Class Size
New York has one of the worst high school graduation rates in the nation. The graduation rate for African-American and Latino students are even worse. In order to combat this disturbing trend, José supports: providing significantly more funding to address the graduation crisis in our schools; enacting a "need-based" formula, in which a higher share of state aid is provided to districts with greater numbers of poor children; a return to arts education which studies have proven motivates students toward better grades and more constructive after school activities.
Creating a Low-Cost Student Loan Program
Since New York is one of the few remaining states without a state-financed student loan program, José supports the establishment of a low-interest loan program to be financed through state-backed, revenue-driven bonds. All New York State students would be eligible to apply and the program would not cost taxpayers a dime.