NYSUT says SED’s decision to suspend funding to SIG schools is ‘shocking’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

NYSUT’s Response to the State Education Department’s Suspension of SIG Funding for All 10 SIG School Districts in New York State

NYSUT Media Relations – January 3, 2012

ALBANY, N.Y. January 3, 2012 — New York State United Teachers President Richard C. Iannuzzi today reacted to the unexpected suspension of School Improvement Grant (SIG) funding for 10 school districts:

The State Education Department’s decision to now immediately suspend funding to all 10 districts working on their school improvement plans – even those districts that filed on time – is shocking. This action will have an immediate negative impact on those students and classrooms that can least afford further disruption.

SED and Commissioner King have demonstrated that they have totally lost their way in shepherding real, meaningful reform. Reform aimed at helping New York’s most vulnerable students requires support and encouragement, not NCLB-styled sanctions. NYSED is obviously more interested in being a bully than providing leadership.

NYSUT expects Commissioner King and SED to heed Governor Cuomo’s call to ‘put the kids first’ and reconsider their dictatorial approach to reform.

NYSUT, the state’s largest union, represents more than 600,000 teachers, school-related professionals, academic and professional faculty in higher education, professionals in education and health care and retirees. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.

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2 Comments

  1. Martin Messner January 3, 2012 at 11:12 pm #

    This is crazy. Go get em Dick!

  2. Gail Richmond January 4, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    NYSUT and AFT should have taken a much stronger stance from the onset. I’m sorry that is not a popular sentiment. I highly respect my parent union but now our greatest fears are being realized and this is only the beginning. All NYSUT and AFT members, both active and retired need to heed a call to action. Tell us where you want us to be with our signs, Mr. Iannuzzi-we will pull the rank and file together.

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