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Karen's Notes: We're Moving the Needle
All across the state, folks are turning out in force to focus on what all kids need and explain why Cuomo's agenda is a disaster.
Thank you -- keep up the pressure!
For inspiration, here's a sampling of recent events and shout-outs that reinforce our message. Progress this week includes the "one-house" budget resolution submitted by new Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, because it shows that representatives in the state house are listening as union members and supporters rally and march all over the state. The bill reflects a keen understanding of public education; recognizes the importance of investing in universal pre-kindergarten; additional funding for CTE; shows respect for local control; and acknowledges the funding needs of rural, suburban and urban schools. Significantly, it would reject Gov. Cuomo's test-and-punish agenda.
The state Senate put forward a positive budget number, but was vague on the governor's anti-teacher, anti-public school agenda. A separate bill calls for modifications but does not state how the governor's agenda should be modified. Fortunately, the bill hasn't moved, so we must continue to press against the bad proposals and in favor of a strong budget that invests big in public schools and in SUNY, CUNY and our community colleges.
Keep marching and keep fighting for what All Kids Need!
President Magee and General Counsel Rich Casagrande appeared in court to defend tenure
In opening legal arguments on Wednesday, NYSUT and UFT legal teams and city and state officials argued that the lawsuit against tenure in New York be dismissed before going to trial.
During the hearing, Richard Casagrande, NYSUT general counsel, accused the plaintiffs of trying to eliminate due process rights for teachers, noting that "due process is a basic, fundamental right."
NYSUT president Karen Magee attended the hearing, and told reporters that "tenure gives teachers the right to advocate for students." She added, "The whole premise behind the case is unfounded."
Each side was given a total of 50 minutes to present arguments. We now await the judge's decision.
NYSUT has launched an ad campaign prior to the 2015 legislative session
NYSUT call upon the governor and state lawmakers to pass a budget that fairly funds all school districts in New York. Read more by clicking here.
NYSUT launched a nearly $1 million ad campaign this week urging Gov. Cuomo to move beyond politics and ensure the state adequately and equitably funds its public schools.
The 30-second, documentary-style television ad features a narrator reading from a Jan. 5 New York Times editorial headlined, "The central crisis in New York education."
"Gov. Cuomo's forthcoming State of the State address is expected to focus on what can be done to improve public education," the narrator reads as quotes from the editorial appear on the screen. "If he is serious about the issue, he'll have to move beyond peripheral concerns and political score-settling ... and go to the heart of the matter ... that the state has not met its constitutional responsibility to ensure adequate school funding."
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