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Up on the Board: Albany deals, NYC graduation rates, more traffic for MacArthur
Again today, the editorial board is keeping a watch on the end-of-session developments at the state capitol. At the moment, the proposal to reorganize the Long Island Power Authority isn’t strong enough for us. It doesn’t give Long Islanders enough of a break in terms of tax certioraris paid by LIPA to school districts where plants are located.
Ditto the deal on binding arbitration – what appears to be on the table in current negotiations isn’t good enough. This 39-year-old law must be reformed to help New York’s cities and counties, or it should be allowed to expire under a “sunset” provision. Reforms should apply to all, not just “distressed” municipalities – those that have a dangerous combination of high taxes and low reserves.
Also, we note that New York City graduation rates remain steady at about 65 percent, in spite of higher academic standards imposed in the past year. That's better than the 46.5 percent in 2005. However, we're looking into the rates for lower-income and minority kids, to see if there's still a gap between them and and their middle-class peers.
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