Education

The Conservative Party recognizes that a good education is vital for members of society to prosper. We believe that every parent should have the opportunity to send their children to the best schools available and we oppose any restrictions on homeschooling. We oppose allowing Courts to determine New York State’s system for educational financing and support. We also oppose the establishment and funding of any educational institute by any municipality that seeks to promote a culture or history that does not support the United States Constitution. We oppose any effort to include the debunked 1619 Project in school curriculums. We firmly support the merit testing of students for admission into specialized high schools.  Educational tax credits should be available to parents. We believe that state governments should set the minimum standards, but that local governments should have control without the mandates of the common core. We support expanding the number of Charter Schools.  English should be established as the official language and bilingual educational programs should be eliminated.  All disruptive violent students should be removed and placed in schools that have the ability to handle their distractions. Teachers who have acted in any seriously unprofessional manner must be stripped of tenure and prevented from teaching in the future. School districts that decide to permit school personnel to have access to firearms should be provided training and support by state and local law enforcement. We support a temporary State Commission to make a list of recommended school mergers to provide more cost-effective primary and secondary school education wherever the school-age children appear to be in permanent decline.