With public schools still grappling with how to address the ongoing challenges created by COVID-19, the stakes of the ongoing state budget negotiations in Albany are higher than ever. For years New Yorkers have worked hard to win Democratic control of the State Legislature, and as a result of that statewide effort Democrats now have … Continue reading State Senators Need to Protect Students, Not Ultra Rich
As New York’s State Legislators meet to decide the state’s spending priorities for the coming year, they grapple with much uncertainty about what lies ahead, but one thing is clear: getting pandemic relief and funding to our public schools must be a priority. We simply cannot afford to continue sidelining and ignoring New York’s students any … Continue reading Prioritize students, not the ultra rich
Nearly one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, too many students in New York are still struggling to engage in meaningful learning because of a lack of resources. Many children are shut out of remote classrooms without access to laptops, WiFi, language or disability services. Many students, families and educators are cut off from social and … Continue reading NY must invest in our students & their futures
Sign the petition: Tell Governor Cuomo to pass the Invest In Our New York Act! Our communities were already underfunded before the pandemic — and now, the Governor is making our pain worse by slashing 20% in funding for our housing and healthcare, our schools and teachers, our towns and cities. While we’ve been enduring … Continue reading Invest in Our New York: Stop Budget Cuts and End Tax Cuts for the Rich!
As the pandemic rages on, our public schools have struggled to create a safe environment for students and make learning possible, whether in person or remote. That is because schools are not receiving nearly enough resources to take on the monumental challenge of COVID-19. Almost half of students in New York still do not have … Continue reading Tell Cuomo and State Legislators: Public schools need stimulus money now!
The COVID-19 crisis is deepening the already-enormous gaps in educational opportunity that harm far too many of New York’s children, especially Black and Brown children. The introduction of remote learning has added yet another layer of inequity in educational resources for Black and Brown children. Though the health disparities of the pandemic have been widely … Continue reading Tell Your New York Legislators to Pass the Educational Rights Transparency Act
Governor Cuomo is proposing a minimum 20% cut to state funding for prekindergarten, preschool special education, child care and after-school services this year. These critical services are essential for children, families and the community and key to the successful reopening of public schools and sustaining local economies. We know that across-the-board cuts will have a … Continue reading Stop across-the-board cuts to Early Childhood Education & Afterschool
Just a few short weeks from the start of a new school year that will be full of new challenges and additional costs, Governor Cuomo is considering a 20 percent cut in school aid. But if we want a sustainable, long term solution for our schools, we need immediate action from our legislators. Email your State … Continue reading Cuomo’s cuts would hurt Black & Brown students the most
Yesterday, Governor Cuomo declared that he can’t raise taxes on wealthy New Yorkers, who he insists are already fleeing to second homes in the Hamptons and the Hudson Valley — so instead, he will close our budget deficit by slashing funding for public schools. New York State’s legislators can and must act immediately to tax … Continue reading It’s time for NY to tax the wealthy & invest in schools
Governor Cuomo has chosen to hold state education aid hostage in a political game of chicken with Congress, and New York’s students are the ones paying the price. Last week the New York State budget office informed school districts statewide that it was cutting 20 percent of the state aid to school. Statewide, New York’s schools … Continue reading NY’s schools just lost $5 billion in state aid