February 20, 2015

Saranac Lake Teachers Association: "Call Out Cuomo" tour to rally North Country educators

Source: Saranac Lake Teachers Association

Saranac Lake Teachers Association Media Release:

SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. Feb. 19, 2015 — Hundreds of students, parents and educators — led by local, state and national union leaders — will rally throughout the North Country against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s harmful education proposals and in support of a strong public education system that is fairly funded and represents the goal and values of local communities.

The “Call Out Cuomo” bus tour will make stops in Plattsburgh, Massena and the Watertown area on Saturday, Feb. 28, said Don Carlisto, a Saranac Lake teacher, political activist and board member of the 600,000-member New York State United Teachers.

Carlisto said the “Call Out Cuomo” events are expected to feature American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, NYSUT President Karen E. Magee and others, including United University Professions President Fred Kowal and Billy Easton, executive director of the Alliance for Quality Education. Coalition partners include the North Country Alliance for Public Education and the North East Central Labor Council. Students, parents, educators, school board leaders and local superintendents are also expected to speak.

Carlisto said the bus tour will make stops for rallies in:

PLATTSBURGH: 10 a.m. at Plattsburgh High School, 1 Clifford Drive, Plattsburgh

MASSENA: 1 p.m. at Massena High School, 84 Nightengale Ave., Massena

WATERTOWN: 4 p.m. at Indian River High School, 32925, U.S. Route 11, Philadelphia, NY

Carlisto said public education advocates will be fighting back against the governor’s “billionaires’ agenda,” which includes increasing the weight of standardized tests; holding school aid hostage and stripping away the voice of parents, teachers and local communities in decision-making.

“The North Country is fighting back, sending a clear message to the governor and our elected legislators that public education is working,” Carlisto said. “The governor’s ‘test and punish’ agenda may play with the New York City hedge fund managers who contribute to Cuomo’s campaigns, but it is failing the test with North Country residents.” 

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