Rest up this weekend

Because Monday is going to be busy.

Labor and management representatives from many of the 10 districts who had School Improvement Grant funding until the State Education Department yanked it away will give details about what it all means. It starts at 12:30 p.m. on the steps of SED’s building, 89 Washington Ave. A lot of media reports have criticized the educators and management for not working together. Truth is they have. Those who can make it to Albany will detail how SED’s action is hurting students and how the state bureaucracy is frustrating their local efforts at school improvement.

Earlier on Monday, NYSUT Executive Vice President Andy Pallotta and UFT President Michael Mulgrew are among speakers calling on lawmakers to close corporate tax loopholes and start corporate tax reform efforts. That press conference starts at 11:30 in the LCA room in Albany’s Legislative Office Building. I’ll be at that one tweeting away.

Following up that action, on Tuesday about 500 parents are coming to Albany to lobby for their children. This action is being sponsored by the Alliance for Quality Education, one of NYSUT’s coalition partners. The event starts at 10:30 at the Capitol and is slated to go until about 3:30. Most NYSUT members will be working, but with them in spirit. Any retirees available, you’re welcome to join in.

Not sure if I can go to Tuesday’s event BECAUSE of a special project NYSUT will be unveiling Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. Stay tuned for more on that. Until then have a great weekend all!

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