Fight Back Friday: #educateNYnow

A technical glitch kept this from posting Nov. 23. The message remains as important as ever.

If you’re off work today, congratulations. That means you have plenty of time to check out the Educate NY Now Express. That bus takes off from parts across the state on Dec. 5; so put it on your calendar now. Here’s a link to see various bus routes now.

Or, if you can’t make it in person, get out your crayons, your pens and markers because you can still participate. At each stop, the buses will collect scrolls with the theme: “A dream deferred is a dream denied.” Click here for the full poem, written by Langston Hughes.

A few districts are already starting on the scrolls. One I heard about has photographs of the impact of the severe state aid cuts on schools. Another has lists of the educational opportunities districts have been forced to cut due to reduced state aid and the restrictive tax cap. After having just been through some elementary schools featuring those handprint turkeys children draw, I think it would be neat to have a scroll that incorporates the handprints of students.

All scrolls will be prominently displayed at the state Capitol. To make room, please keep your scroll to a 3’x 6’ size.

Face it, coming to Albany is not possible for most students, teachers, parents and support staffers, but this scroll project is a way to be there. Just get your scroll done, in a 3′ x 6′ size, and deliver to a NYSUT regional office by Dec. 3.

If you live in the Albany area and want to be part of the action, the rally starts at 3:30 p.m. I will update with more details as the event draws closer.

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