Protect Students, Not Billionaires

Advocacy Toolkit

Governor Andrew Cuomo is in the middle of his week-long State of the State addresses outlining his priorities for the coming year. But the Governor has already made it clear with his actions that those priorities do not include public education.

Since the onset of the pandemic, Governor Cuomo’s rolling budget cuts have hurt children by compounding existing poverty, hunger, and housing insecurity. New York’s students need the state to invest in public education — from child care to Pre-K to grade 12 — to ensure all students across the state, especially Black, Latinx, immigrant and low income children receive a high quality education.

Today, as lawmakers in Albany gear up to negotiate the budget for next year, we launch our statewide campaign to make sure they pass a budget that taxes billionaires and fully funds our schools.

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Action #1 | Call New York State's Elected Leaders

Use the script below to call your state leaders, and when you’re done, please encourage family and friends to make a call too.

Governor Andrew Cuomo: (518) 474-8390
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins: (518) 455-2585
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie: (518) 455-3791

Call Script


Hi, I am ______, from (City/District.) I am calling because we need to protect students, not billionaires.

Our schools have been struggling to meet the needs of our students in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to lack of additional funding in 2020, our districts have had to lay off hundreds of educators and social workers.

Gov. Cuomo has an obligation to New York State students, and we demand that he and our legislatures our children and their education by taxing the ultra rich in New York State and funding our schools. Stop protecting billionaires and invest in our students.


Hola, soy ______, de (Ciudad/Distrito.) Llamo porque necesitamos proteger a los estudiantes, no a los multimillonarios.

Nuestras escuelas han estado luchando para satisfacer las necesidades de nuestros estudiantes en medio de la pandemia COVID-19. Debido a la falta de financiación adicional en 2020, nuestros distritos han tenido que despedir a cientos de educadores y trabajadores sociales.

El gobernador Cuomo tiene una obligación con los estudiantes del estado de Nueva York, y exigimos que él y nuestras legislaturas proteger a nuestros hijos y su educación gravando impuestas a los ultra ricos en NYS y financiando nuestros estudiantes. Deja de proteger a los multimillonarios e invierte en nuestros estudiantes.

Action #2 | Post a Picture of Learning During COVID

The pandemic has fundamentally altered the day-to-day of classrooms and learning for students, teachers and parents. Take a picture of your child or students engaged in learning (whether remote or in person).

Then post your photo on your social media channels (Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter) to send a message to Governor Cuomo about why it’s important to fund our public schools.

Remember to use the hashtag #ProtectStudentsNotBillionaires!

Action #3 | Email Governor Cuomo & Your Legislators


Click below to download graphics for social media to your computer.

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Sample Social Media Posts

Below are sample messages you can copy and paste to post with your photos or videos from your own social media accounts.


Retweet this:

Today, @NYGovCuomo will give his State of the State address, but we are here today to share the reality for New York parents. We are here to share our State of New York Parents address for 2021. #ProtectStudentsNotBillionaires

Parents across NYS from Buffalo to LI are struggling with the growing crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Resources are scarce,and opportunities are dwindling. It’s time for @NYGovCuomo to protect our students. #ProtectStudentsNotBillionaires

Thanks to @SenSchumer, NYS is expected to receive nearly $4 billion for K-12 education. But, $4B is not enough. In order to provide the educational opportunities our students need, we must raise taxes on the ultra wealthy. #ProtectStudentsNotBillionaires

Education is a human right. @NYGovCuomo has a moral obligation to invest in our children and raise taxes on the ultra wealthy. It’s time to #ProtectStudentsNotBillionaires this budget season.

As a result of @NYGovCuomo educational neglect, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the widespread inequity that has plagued NY schools for decades. NYS has consistently ranked 49th in the nation in education equity. #ProtectStudentsNotBillionaires

Education budgets have been slashed, teachers are being laid off & students are left out in the cold – while billionaires have seen their net worth increase by half a trillion dollars. It’s time to tax the ultra wealthy. #ProtectStudentsNotBillionaires


Hoy, @NYGovCuomo dará su discurso sobre el Estado del Estado, pero estamos aquí hoy para compartir la realidad para los padres de Nueva York. Estamos aquí para compartir nuestra dirección de Padres del Estado de NY para 2021.

Los padres de NYS, desde Buffalo hasta LI, están luchando con la creciente crisis creada por la pandemia COVID-19. Los recursos son escasos, y las oportunidades están disminuyendo. Es hora de que @NYGovCuomo proteja a nuestros estudiantes.

Gracias @SenSchumer se espera que NYS reciba casi $4 mil millones para la educación K-12. Pero, $4 mil millones no es suficiente. Con el fin de proporcionar las oportunidades de educción en el centro que nuestros estudiantes necesitan debemos aumentar los impuestos sobre los ultra ricos.

La educación es un derecho humano. @NYGovCuomo tiene la obligación moral de invertir en nuestros hijos y aumentar los impuestos sobre los ultra ricos. Es hora de proteger a los estudiantes esta temporada económica.

Estamos cansados de que @NYGovCuomo hable de la infrafinanciación de las escuelas públicas mientras se lleva la financiación de nuestros hijos. COVID ha empeorado los problemas existentes. Necesitamos financiación sostenida con un aumento de los ingresos.