Good morning. Here’s a look at today’s opinion content:
• In an editorial, we lament the state’s woeful application for federal “Rage to the Top” education reform grants. Given a number of legislative failures that would have made the state a stronger applicant, we were surprised that New York was among the 16 finalists for the funding, the largest portions of which went to Tennessee and Delaware. “The $4.35 billion in competitive awards are targeted to states whose stakeholders unshackle themselves from past failures and embrace innovation, collaboration and accountability — words seldom used in combination to describe the top architects off the state’s education bureaucracy,” we write. “Much truer to form, New York on Monday was named an also-ran in the funding sweepstakes; it will fail again in September, when more awards are announced, if the officials cannot get on the same page.”
• Cora Greenberg, executive director of the Westchester Children’s Association, an independent, multi-issue child advocacy organization, writes in a Community View that Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino’s plan to trim $5.8 million from the Department of Social Services’ budget is a short-sighted strategy. “We believe that cutting services to children is the last place any government should start when trimming expenses,” Greenberg writes. “Why? Investments in children have a high rate of return. Programs such as child care or community-based mental health and youth services help prevent the need for higher-cost interventions later on. Affordable child care allows families to stay gainfully employed and contributing to the economy.”
• Matt Davies pans bankers’ reaction to the White House’s review of their compensation in his cartoon today.