Press Conference (NYSUT, AQE, UUP, Metro Justice)
4 pm Dec. 9, 2013
30 North Union Street
On December 9th: National Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education
The National Day of Action on Dec. 9th is an opportunity to raise our voices in unison and to connect NYSUT’s ongoing campaign to support public education in New York state with the growing national movement.
NYSUT is calling for fair funding for public schools and colleges, a 3-year moratorium on high-stakes consequences of state standardized tests and a renewed focus on teaching and learning…not testing!!!
What You Can Do: Wear the color blue on December 9th in solidarity and support for public education and the people who do this work ever day– early childhood staff, teachers and other professionals, school related professionals, and higher education staff and faculty. NYSUT members, parents and community members are urged to participate.
What’s At Stake: Students, parents and educators are reeling from the sea of changes that threaten the promise of public education. In New York State, those include chronic underfunding of public schools and higher education, and undemocratic tax cap, lack of access to affordable higher education, an obsession with testing, lack of support for teaching and learning, insufficient staffing and layoffs.
Throughout the Day on December 9th, NYSUT- in partnership with AQE, Citizen Action and other allies in locations across the state- will highlight our solutions for greater public schools and colleges.
NYSUT and community leaders also will meet with their respective Regents and urge them to accelerate support to our schools and make the course corrections that are needed to get it right.
On December 9th, we will create a sea of blue across New York because we want change that supports teaching and learning in our public schools and colleges.