For those who prefer just numbers

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Here’s just the numbers on the funding gap between high and low need districts under a 2 percent tax cap. Better yet, here’s a link to both the chart and these numbers.

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For those who prefer charts

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Here’s what happens with a tax cap. Thanks to Alliance for Quality Education for the graphic. The graphic shows that there is already a funding gap between high and low need school districts. A 2 percent tax cap will widen that gap over the next 10 years.

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A day brightener and 2 questions

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Thanks to North Syracuse Education Association’s Phil Cleary for sending in this gem. The Main Street Miracle At Main Street we have this little boat.  You know the kind.  It’s wood and the kids sit in it and rock.  We sing Row Row Row your boat – over and over and over – it’s great [...]

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TAX CAP: ‘It’s like someone is physically holding our kids down’

Iris Williams is a parent and grandparent in Schenectady. She was among those speaking at a  press conference today against the proposed tax cap. Here’s a quote: “When the state pushes the responsibility to fund schools off onto local communities and then tries to take away parents’ right to fight for their schools it is [...]

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300 protest tax cap on Long Island

On a Friday afternoon no less! Check out these pictures sent to us by members and parents. Long Island activist Ron Smith tells me how the event to picket Assemblyman Robert Sweeny’s office grew. “We need to let lawmakers who are supporting this tax cap know how we feel.” Tomorrow the Alliance for Quality Education, [...]

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Another manic Monday

Many are writing the property tax cap deal as done but it’s not over. There is no vote and there is still time. Join the thousands who are calling in to say it’s unfair because: it’s not democratic. Just one vote over 40 percent negates the 59-plus percent who vote yes. it does not provide [...]

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If you don’t make the call, who will?

We need every member  to say they care about public education too much to destroy it with a tax cap. Call the governor and your state representatives now at  1 (877) 255-9417. You can choose to be connected to the governor’s office, your Assembly member or state Senator. Tell them you are a voter and a [...]

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The case against the tax cap (with video)

On June 1, representatives from the League of Women Voters, New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness, Alliance for Quality Educationand members of the Assembly joined NYSUT to push for the passage of a “circuit breaker,” which would give property-tax breaks to residents based on their income level. Here’s the link to more coverage from one of [...]

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Reality tour lands in Bethlehem (updated)

Here’s a link to news coverage (and more here and more here) of yesterday’s event in the Bethlehem schools protesting the budget cuts and a proposed tax cap. Above are Andrew Watson’s photos from the event. Here’s what AQE posted about the event. Click on the video to see and hear a chemistry teacher’s formula about [...]

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Save our schools – call Albany!

If you care about public education, you need to call the governor and your state representatives now. Tell them to vote “no” on the tax cap bills A-7916 and S-2706.

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