By Beth Fertig / Karen DeWitt
“Gov. Andrew Cuomo said education will be at the top of his agenda Wednesday when he gives his combined State of the State speech and budget presentation. But on the day before, the hard-charging governor blunted some of his recent criticism of teachers, which included comparing the current school system to a public monopoly.
“I love teachers,” he told the Association for a Better New York on Tuesday. “My mother was a schoolteacher. And I respect the profession. But we have to get the orientation and the priority back to the students and not the system.””