In the days leading up to Saturday’s “One Voice United” rally, news reports across the state carried NYSUT’s message: Excessive standardizing testing is undermining teaching and learning, and jeopardizing the potential of the new Common Core learning standards. On Saturday, that message exploded into a deafening roar in newspaper, radio and television coverage of the rally.
News media in Western New York, Long Island, the North Country and everywhere in between carried coverage in advance of Saturday’s event, with the “rally story” leading the news in several markets. Full news stories “advancing” the rally appeared in Albany, Utica, Syracuse and in the Hudson Valley. Saturday’s rally, which drew more than 15,000 to Albany’s Empire State Plaza, brought saturation coverage from every television and newspaper outlet in the Capital Region, and many others who reported on the rally remotely by interviewing teachers, students and parents via cellphone from their own newsrooms.
NYSUT President Richard C. Iannuzzi — in between speeches, photos with members and introductions — delivered a clear, cool, and concise message to the media: Public education belongs to students, parents and teachers, not bureaucrats and billionaires, and Saturday’s rally kick-started the fight to ensure teaching and learning – not testing and misuse of data – formed the future of public education.
We will be posting links to much of the coverage later today and into tomorrow. Keep tuned to nysut.org.