Statement from CICU President Mary Beth Labate on Governor Cuomo Vetoing S.7117, Legislation To Remove GPA Requirements for Teaching Students

News Date: 12/16/2020

Statement from CICU President Mary Beth Labate on Governor Cuomo Vetoing S.7117, Legislation To Remove GPA Requirements for Teaching Students

“Governor Cuomo’s recent veto will keep well-qualified aspiring teachers out of the classroom. It fails to recognize the arbitrary barrier that the current GPA requirement imposes on students from under-represented communities. Removing this arbitrary requirement would ensure that more students have the opportunity to continue their education and work toward a teaching certification. It is time our teaching workforce reflects the diversity of the students they teach; this one-dimensional admission standard unnecessarily discourages promising students from applying to graduate teacher education programs. Updating this policy will in no way dilute the quality of New York’s teachers, who must still pass the state’s rigorous certification process. We will continue to advocate for an end to this arbitrary requirement.”