If you haven’t contacted your lawmakers in the Assembly or the Senate yet on the state budget, there’s no longer any time to delay. Here’s a link to a Times Union post Thursday about how pieces were starting to fall into place.
Please contact your lawmaker and the governor, again and again, about funding. NYSUT’s Member Action Center has a whole list of issues for you to take action on.
The impact of three years of cuts has lots of unions, parents, students and community members wanting to do more than just send a letter or make a phone call to their lawmakers.
For those ready to rally, the Niagara-Wheatfield Teachers Association is sponsoring a regional rally for students on Wednesday. It’s from 4 to 6 p.m. in front of the high school at 2292 Saunders Settlement Road.
Just at the middle school, there have been cuts in foreign language, technology and music. The accelerated science program is now taught by a part-time teacher. Because two 6th-grade teachers and a team of four core teachers for the 7th and 8th grades were cut, class sizes have increased and, worse, the team model that is so important at the middle school level is collapsing. Administrative and clerical staff were also cut at the middle school, which also impacts the support for students.
Add your stories to how cuts have impacted your district in the comments below, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or call me next week at (800) 342-9810, ext. 6283.
Remember, here’s a link to NYSUT’s Member Action Center, where you can send messages to your lawmakers on a wide variety of budget needs.