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
As school districts plan to reopen in the fall — whether in person, remote, or a combination of the two — and beyond, one thing is certain: our students deserve a quality education, and that basic right is being denied to too many Black, Brown and low-income students. Our children deserve a school reopening that … Continue reading Tell Our State Leaders: Enact Revenues Now!
We need New York’s elected leaders to protect children, not billionaires. School districts have been forced to make cuts to vital services and programs all while New York’s 112 billionaires collectively saw their wealth increase by $59.5 billion in the past four months. In the midst of uprisings and a public health crisis, lawmakers are … Continue reading The rich are getting richer
With less than a week until the New York City budget is finalized, Mayor de Blasio is STILL proposing a cut of $800 million from New York City public schools — including cutting mental health supports for students. Just this week the Mayor laid off counselors in high need schools across the city — yet he has proposed to … Continue reading Defund the NYPD, Fully Fund Public Schools
Against the backdrop of police violence toward Black and Brown communities, cities around the nation are at last recognizing the danger and harm that police officers in schools represent to Black and Brown students. Now, Rochester has an opportunity to end the presence of police in our own public schools. Email Rochester City Council now and … Continue reading Remove Police From Rochester’s Schools