We’d like to echo the sense of urgency that the superintendent has been conveying regarding school funding in New York. The Governor’s budget proposals are more of the same monkey business that we’ve been seeing in the last few years. Again this year, the budget includes:
- Inadequate funding,
- Refusal to fully refund the Gap Elimination Adjustment,
- Competitive grants that have more losers than winners,
- An education tax credit which would take money away from public schools and give it to private institutions,
- And a “tax freeze” scheme that goes beyond the devastating tax cap and could force schools to a 0% increase virtually crippling their ability to raise funds.
Now is the time to speak out as teachers, parents, and families and demand the governor and our legislators adequately fund our schools. It’s time for them to keep their promises and revive the promise of public education in NY.
I know this sounds like the same old rhetoric from the union, but we’d like you to consider turning that rhetoric into action. Please join us next Wednesday at the CNYSBA workshop on school finances. Last year’s session was a real eye opener. It helped us frame our message when we met with our local legislators to discuss school issues. The session details are:February 5, 2014: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. North Syracuse Junior High School Auditorium 5353 West Taft Rd. N. Syr, NY 13212
Dr. Rick Timbs from the Statewide School Finance Consortium will be there. He is engaging to listen to and is the authority on GEA across upstate. Part of his advocacy includes pension reform and reform of the Triborough law (the law which preserves seniority and tenure in NY state), two items that NYSUT clearly does not support. You may consider attending the event as a resident/parent in your home district. Your parental voice can be a powerful one and the Board of Ed members and superintendents present will definitely take notice of your attendance.
Thanks for everything you do. We hope to see you on Wednesday.