They are “not gonna take it”

To the tune of Twisted Sister’s “We’re not Gonna Take It,” students, parents, teachers, support staff and administrators from nine Southern Tier school districts rallied over the weekend in support of more state aid for New York’s public schools. Here’s a slideshow of the event.

Here’s a link to the Elmire Star-Gazette article on the event. Here’s the WETM coverage, complete with video, and here’s the WENY-TV video.

“I graduated 25 years ago from Elmira Heights and already my two boys are at a disadvantage,” said Carol Cady, president of the NYSUT local there and one of the sponsors of the rally. “We had a marching band, we had more high school electives, we had more clubs.”

Now it seems the only thing students have more of is other students, as class size keeps rising.

Cady said she hopes the energy and enthusiasm at the rally is just a start of more advocacy for public education.

“This is our community, fighting for our kids and for their opportunities,” she said.

The timing is right, as the Democratic-controlled Assembly issued its “one-house” budget Friday and the Senate Republicans and the Independent Democratic Conference are set to release their one-house budget later today.

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