To: SSFC Membership
From: Dr. Rick Timbs, Executive Director
Once again, Fred LeBrun of the The Albany Times-Union hits the nail on the head in an on-target commentary piece - and calls Gov. Cuomo out on his shameful stance on education funding.
"In the greater context of public education in this state, universal pre-K is far from the most pressing need or the most deserving area for public funds,'' LeBrun writes. ..."Public education in New York is in a shambles."
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We couldn't agree more. It's not that the idea of universal pre-K isn't laudable. It is. And it's a goal worth working towards. But anyone who works in public education knows that the concept of pre-K, as LeBrun points out, "is only meaningful as part of a healthy, sufficiently funded public education system - which we do not have.''
That's why we need your help.
The state budget will be completed in a few short weeks. If you are out there advocating for students and schools, keep it up - and kick it up a notch. Have stakeholders write a letter to the editor. Write and call legislators. Make sure they make their voice heard on social media. (On Twitter, use the hashtag #NYSchoolsinPeril. Facebook would be a big help too!)
If you and your stakeholders are not out there - now is the time to STAND UP AND BE COUNTED!
Guide stakeholders to write a letter, call or email the Governor and your state legislators and tell them to eliminate the GEA now. Show them how the GEA is hurting your district and students year after year. Tell them there needs to be immediate change in the way the state funds schools - and that aid must be fair, equitable and sustainable.
Please share this message and commentary with everyone you know who has a stake or an interest in our schools - school board members, administrators, faculty, parents, community members, etc.
Thank you for your continued support.
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