I love a parade, the tramping of feet, I love every beat I hear of a drum.
I love a parade, when I hear a band I just want to stand and cheer as they come.
Yes, that song is from the 1931 film Manhattan Parade. It’s in my head as I’m looking forward to the Alliance for Quality Education’s March For Public Education today. AQE and Educate NY Now — members of a pro-public education coalition in which NYSUT has a lead role — have been fighting to restore state budget cuts for education. Here’s a chance for public schools to celebrate what they have now, and to showcase what’s at stake if changes are not made to the proposed executive budget.
There are so many articles in so many newspapers across the state about what schools are cutting. Here’s just one from Madrid-Waddington, where the district has already cut programs in elementary education, art, music, health, driver’s education and elementary counseling. It is now considering cutting librarians.
We’ll be live-tweeting the event, using the hashtag #parade4ed, so you can follow along, if you can’t be there. NYSUT Executive Vice President Andy Pallotta is scheduled to be among the speakers.