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October 29, 2014

Open letter to Rob Astorino, elected leaders and candidates

Source: NYSUT Communications

An open letter to Rob Astorino and all New York State elected leaders and candidates:

On behalf of NYSUT's 600,000 members, we thank Rob Astorino for his Oct. 29th open letter expressing support and respect for teachers and public education in New York State. While we differ on a number of issues, we wholeheartedly agree with his statement that teachers deserve respect and that strengthening New York State's public school system should be our shared focus. And we pledge to acknowledge all leaders who similarly commit to statements of respect and support.

Gov. Cuomo's remarks disrespect teachers, parents and the democratically elected school boards who ensure local schools are the farthest thing possible from a "monopoly." We thank Rob Astorino for acknowledging that New York State has one of the finest teaching forces in the nation. Teachers' commitment to fair evaluations that improve learning instead of playing "gotcha" is clear, consistent and on the record. We are dedicated to working with parents and elected leaders to ensure that every child receives a high quality education in a strong public school.

NYSUT today calls upon elected leaders and candidates in all parties to reject gratuitous bashing of teachers and public schools; to stand with teachers and parents against over-testing and to improve learning; and affirm respect for teachers as indispensable partners in advancing learning and strengthening schools.

Reclaiming the promise of public education should and must be our singular focus.

Karen E. Magee, NYSUT President

Andrew Pallotta, Executive Vice President