March 04, 2010

Coalition's 'Day of Action' calls on Albany to stop cuts to education

Source: NYSUT News Wire
Caption: Schenectady Federation of Teachers president Juliet Benaquisto and Mont Pleasant Middle School students are breaking pencils to symbolize the "broken promise" of the governor's proposed $1.4 billion cut to public education funding. Photo by Mark Sharer.

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About the Day of Action for Public Education

Parents, students, educators and community and school board members, in a "Day of Action" across New York state, turned out today to tell lawmakers they must reject Governor Paterson's proposed $1.4 billion cut to public education funding.

Speaking at press conferences held at 18 schools from Long Island to New York City to Syracuse to Jamestown, the coalition said the cuts would further break the state's legislated promise to provide increased resources so New York's children receive a real opportunity for a sound education. That promise, made following a court order in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity litigation, was first broken when funding for this current fiscal year was frozen, forcing cuts in teaching staff and programs. Now the governor is trying to force even more drastic cuts that would stymie academic opportunity and progress for all of New York's students.

Participants in the statewide events include the Alliance for Quality Education, Campaign for Fiscal Equity, New York State Association of Small City School Districts, New York State School Boards Association, New York State Council of School Superintendents, New York State United Teachers, School Administrators Association of New York State, and the New York State Congress of Parents and Teachers.

Please check back. Updates and photos from each event will be posted as they become available.

See the 'Day of Action' press release for more information.

Statewide Schedule of Events

  • Albany - Legislative Office Building LCA press room, 11:00 a.m.
  • Jamestown - Jefferson Middle School library, 195 Martin Road, 1:30 p.m.
  • Peru - Peru Central School District High School community room, 17 School Street, 12:00 p.m.
  • Troy - Troy High School, 1950 Burdett Avenue, 11:00 a.m.
  • Schenectady - Mount Pleasant Middle School, 121 Forest Road, 11:00 a.m.
  • Yonkers - Lincoln High School library, 375 Kneeland Avenue, 11:30 a.m.
  • Middle Island - Longwood CSD, Longwood HS Library, 100 Longwood Road, 12:00 p.m.
  • Syracuse - Edward Smith Middle School cafeteria, 1106 Lancaster Avenue, 6:00 p.m.
  • Peekskill- Peekskill High School library, 1072 Elm Street, 11:00 a.m.
  • Manhattan - Murry Bergtraum High School, 411 Pearl Street, 12:30p.m.
  • Manhattan - MS 54 Booker T. Washington School, 103 West 107th Street, 3:00 p.m.
  • Bronx- PS 11 - Town Hall Meeting,1257 Ogden Avenue, 5:00 p.m.
  • Brooklyn - IS 318 Eugenio Maria De Hostos 101 Walton Street, 3:00 p.m.
  • Brooklyn - PS 13 Roberto Clemente Press Conference, 557 Pennsylvania Avenue, 12:00 p.m.
  • Brooklyn - IS 171 Abraham Lincoln - Town Hall Meeting, 528 Ridgewood Avenue, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Queens - IS 125 Thomas J McCann, 46-02 47th Avenue, Woodside, 3:00 p.m.
  • Queens - Make the Road, 92-10 Roosevelt Avenue, Elmhurst, 11:00 a.m.