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Cuomo Weighs In On Struggling Hempstead Schools

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The sad turmoil in one of Long Island’s struggling school districts has the attention of New York State’s highest leaders. First, the education commissioner, and now, the governor himself is weighing in. CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff was there just minutes after the problems boiled over Friday.

Detected Closed Captioning: Police Call To Hempstead High School after Yet Another Student Brawl This One Sending The Principal To The Hospital With Injuries Trying To Break It Up It’s The Latest Upheaval In A School District Where The Adults Fight – In A Different Way But Now A Directive From the State In A Rare Visit New York State’s Education Commissioner Maryellen Elia She Summoned To Each School Board Member To A Private Meeting To Sternly Instruct Them To Work Together We’re Aware Of The Changes That Need To Occur And We Want To Make Sure That That The Trustees Are Equally As Seriously Concerned We Have A Report That We Hope Will Be Used As A Guide As A Road Map The Extraordinary Visit From The State’s top Education Officials Days After This scathing Report By A State Appointed Distinguished Educator Blamed More Than A Decade Of Failures On Chaotic Governance The Same Week One Board Faction Suspended A New Superintendent brought In By A Rival Faction Trustees Who Suspended Him Say The Commissioners Message Is Received We Have To Get Our Act Together And We’re Gonna Get Act Together There’s No Shame In Having The State Here Where Have They Been We Need them And What Happens If The Board Doesn’t Deliver How Far Can The State Or Will The State Go To Rescue This School District Well I don’t Have A Crystal Ball But I Will Tell You That Neither The Chancellor Nor I Are Willing To Accept That The Children Of Hempstead Don’t Have The Opportunities Governor Cuomo Says The Next Steps Are Up To His Education Commissioner But If You Don’t Have A Real Credible Immediate Plan For Correction Then The State Should Come In And Take Over The School The State Monitor Has Given The School Board Till February 2nd To Put Aside Infighting And Come Up With A Plan Of action That Something School Boards In This Districts Haven’t Been Able To Do for Years in Hempstead Long Island Carolyn Gusoff CBS 2 News The High School Principal And Security Guard Were Both Treated At A Hospital For Minor Injuries In Today’s Brawl

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