Billboards call on Cuomo to listen to educators

You talk about teachers. Try listening to them.

Gov. Cuomo is not smiling in the 14 by 48 foot NYSUT billboard on Interstate 787 south near downtown Albany.

That’s because the headline reads: “You talk about teachers. Try listening to them.”

Another version of the digital billboard with the governor’s image reads: “What are you afraid of? Come to our schools.”

These are the latest incarnations of messages aimed at informing the public – and elected officials who work in the Capitol – that the union is turning up the heat on a governor who has declared war on public education.

The billboard went up earlier this week.

Three more billboards will soon be posted on I-787 and I- 90 featuring a teacher with students in a classroom and the headline: “Stand up for what All Kids Need,” a nod to the union’s ongoing social media campaign calling for fair funding and challenging the governor’s corporate education agenda.

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  1. Sherry Weeks February 4, 2015 at 8:34 pm #

    In order to get the message across to everyone, NYSUT may try to inform the general public, that it is not only teachers that this affects. Bus drivers, aides, the lowest paid workers in public schools. A lot of people have the misconception that this is completely about teachers, but the general public may relate better with the secretaries, bus drivers, maintenance workers, technicians etc that are also affected. I think overall NYSUT is doing a wonderful job of bringing all of this to the attention of the general public.

    • Jane Campolo February 5, 2015 at 6:44 pm #

      I agree. Keep it coming .

  2. Michelle February 4, 2015 at 8:54 pm #

    lol. Love it.

  3. Sharon February 4, 2015 at 9:39 pm #

    I so love this idea. I do agree with Sherry, often times the first group of employees hit are the staff. A statement by NYSUT about this could a long way towards gaining support from a broader group of people.

  4. chris D'Ambrosio February 4, 2015 at 9:43 pm #

    great job!! I wish we can put one in every town!!

  5. Daphne February 5, 2015 at 7:22 pm #

    Keep billboards coming because the public needs to believe us when we say that we fight for the rights of our students, our children. They need to understand that we are not afraid of being evaluated and that we truly want to provide the best education. But we want to be rated fairly. This new processs of evaluation is not only hurting teachers. Our children are also being set up to fail. Let the public know we are in this profession for the love of building a brighter future for all children and no one will kill our passion.

  6. Cheryl February 5, 2015 at 9:43 pm #

    NYSAPE is putting up billboard “Refuse the Test”.

  7. AL February 8, 2015 at 12:33 am #

    YES!! We need Billboards like this all over… on long island NYC yes yes yes this is great!!!

  8. Sophie February 8, 2015 at 7:21 am #

    NYSUT’s ad campaign needs to focus on getting parents on our side. Many members of the public think teachers “have it made” with decent salaries, pensions and so-called job security. We need parents to think about the political agenda of Cuomo and how their kids are hurting as a result. Show clips of Cuomo criticizing the Common Core and the testing last year, and then fast forward to his now endorsement of testing as a indicator of teacher effectiveness. Ask the question: Why? Show patronage from billionaires and charter school interest groups. Parents need to see that it is not about teachers but about their kids ….then we will get them on our side.

  9. Gary L Perry February 8, 2015 at 9:03 am #

    We must stop the implementation of Common Core in our school systems.

  10. Cheryl February 10, 2015 at 9:55 pm #

    Billboards need to be on Westside Hwy. Need the media to pick up the fight against Cuomo.

  11. Sherry February 12, 2015 at 6:40 pm #

    I would put up lawn signs at my house. I’m sure there are others that would also.

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