Billy Easton is the executive director of the Alliance for Quality Education (AQE). He brings 28 years of experience in community and union organizing and a wealth of experience in strategy, media relations, politics and legislative activity to his work at AQE. He is recognized by policy makers for his policy expertise in issues relating to school finance and policy.
In most states, top-ranked high school seniors are shoo-ins to attend their local state universities. But that’s not how it goes in New York these days. In one recent, glaring case, the valedictorian of a rural school district outside Rochester was rejected by a nearby State University of New York campus — not because her grades were too low, but because her high school didn’t offer the courses needed to compete for college admission.
Such stories are becoming increasingly common across New York State.