Solidarity in Syracuse

Across the state there are school districts working together. Syracuse is one of them and Friday morning is a great example.

Starting at 8:30 a.m. the union joins with district administrators, Say YES to education and Syracuse 20/20. Together the groups will tell their elected lawmakers, both city and state, why the Syracuse schools need more aid.

“We all recognize that our schools require a community-wide effort to be successful. ,” said Kevin Ahern, Syracuse TA president. “This breakfast meeting gives us an opportunity to show our legislators that although we may have differences on some issues we speak with one common voice on the education funding our students need.”

Cuts in school funding formulas have been deep in cities like Syracuse, where even though there are 456 more students than two years ago, the so-called “growth aid” is gone, as are other target funding formulas such as “gap elimination aid.”  The governor proposes no funding for teacher centers, so there goes professional development funds.
The bottom line is that over the last three years, 756 positions that provided direct services to students are gone.
All city and state lawmakers have been invited tomorrow’s meeting, and so far either the politician or a representative from the office, has promised to attend.

We’ll update on how the event went tomorrow.

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