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May 31, 2018

UPDATE: NYSUT plans statewide protests over tabled testing reform legislation

Source:  NYSUT Media Relations
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ALBANY, N.Y., May 31, 2018 —Scores of New York State United Teachers members will protest outside the district offices of nine state senators starting at 4 p.m. Friday, June 1. The protests are in response to Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan’s failure to bring Senate bill S.8301 to the floor for a vote. The bill would fix the state’s broken testing and teacher evaluation system, and end New York’s test-and-punish era.

To encourage Flanagan to allow a vote, NYSUT commissioned a mobile billboard to circle the state Capitol on Wednesday and Thursday. It reads, “Senator Flanagan: If you’re waiting for a sign, this is it. Pass S.8301 now.”

Rallies will take place at 4 p.m. Friday at the following locations:

Sen. Carl Marcellino
250 Townsend Square
Oyster Bay, NY 11771
Facebook Event: www.nysut.org/marcellinorally

Sen. Rich Funke
230 Packetts Landing
Fairport, NY 14450
Facebook Event: www.nysut.org/funkerally

Sen. George Amedore
721 Broadway
Kingston, NY 12401
Facebook Event: www.nysut.org/amedorerally

Sen. Terrence Murphy
691 E. Main St.
Shrub Oak, NY 10588
Facebook Event: www.nysut.org/murphyrally   

Sen. Sue Serino
4254 Albany Post Rd.
Hyde Park, NY 12538
Facebook Event: www.nysut.org/serinorally

Sen. Tom O’Mara
333 East Water St.
Elmira, NY 14901
Facebook Event: www.nysut.org/omararally

Sen. Chris Jacobs
65 Court St. (Mahoney State Offices)
Buffalo, NY 14202
Facebook Event: www.nysut.org/jacobsrally

Sen. Fred Akshar
44 Hawley St.
Binghamton, NY 13901
Facebook Event: www.nysut.org/aksharrally

Sen. Martin Golden
7408 5th Ave.
Brooklyn, NY  11209
Facebook event: www.nysut.org/goldenrally

Senate bill S.8301 would reduce the state’s over-reliance on flawed standardized tests and fix the state’s broken teacher evaluation system. A companion Assembly bill passed by a 131-1 vote in early May. Learn more about S.8301 and the union's call for New York State to "let us teach and let them learn" at www.nysut.org/letusteach.

New York State United Teachers is a statewide union with more than 600,000 members in education, human services and health care. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.

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