Public education needs your help in fighting the one house budget that is redirecting millions to charter schools. If at all possible, please attend one of the rallies listed below. There is one in Nassau and one in Suffolk.
In addition, especially if these individuals are your senators, make a call to demand that they support public education and stop giving money to charter schools.
State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan-
Long Island number- 631-361-2154
Albany number- 518-455-2071
State Senator Elaine Phillips-
Long Island number- 516-746-5924
Albany number- 518-453265
Don't be fooled that this will not impact "schools like ours". A parent in our District can choose to attend a charter and if accepted, our District pays. With increased funding and the charter cap lifted, charters will be popping up with different "specialties" in order to attract attention. This isn't about improving public education-it's about profiting off of public education dollars.
We must stay vigilant.
After faxing and calling since the Senate Republicans one house budget was released last week, NYSUT is now asking us to ramp up the pressure on several Senate Republicans around the state given their position on handing out millions in additional aid to charters and removing the cap on charters.
Its time to let them Hear our Voice.
This Friday, March 24th at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Suffolk-rally in front of State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan- 260 E Main St #203, Smithtown, NY 11787
Nassau- Rally in front of State Senator Elaine Phillips - 252 Mineola Boulevard, Mineola, NY 11501-2421
The New York State Senates one house budget bill promotes the corporate charter school industry at the expense of our public schools. Some of the most egregious parts of this budget bill include:
Increase the dollars the local school district has to pay for each charter enrollee.
Eliminates the cap on charter schools; fueling expansion.
Increase the amount of money to faculty at charters which is in addition to the extra per student increase they will
receive this year.
Building aid (for charters) increases is expanded beyond NYC.
This all comes at a cost to our schools and more importantly the students - our children - that attend. Presently the public schools are owed millions of dollars from Albany and the charter schools are sitting on unlimited reserves (something public schools cannot do).
Please come with signs and your voices!!!
Long Island Political Organizer