Liz Fleche rsvped +1 for People's March for Education Justice via Jennifer Cunningham 2017-02-16 19:12:26 -0500
As we continue to defend the institution of public education from federal attacks by Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos, we march to defend that same institution here in New York. The public investment Governor Cuomo proposes in his education budget this year is woefully inadequate and falls way short of being equitable. It will negatively impact our most vulnerable students from early child care to higher education all across the state. Black, brown, immigrant, refugee , low-income, LGBTQIA, English Language Learners , homeless students and students with disabilities , are worthy of an investment that will meet their needs not deny them opportunities to be successful.
- We march to demand that Governor Cuomo finally fully funds the $4.3 billion owed to public statewide as a result of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity including the $170 million owed to Monroe County
- We march to Raise the Age and stop the criminalization of our youth. We should be able to provide social workers and other nurturing and committed support staff in schools for struggling youth
- We march to end the state's over-reliance on high stakes testing
- We march to demand that NYS invests on the front end in childcare and pre-K and invests in truly making SUNY and CUNY free for all on the back end in order to ensure a successful transition to adulthood
- We march because we need a Governor in NYS who is not afraid to make the super rich pay just 1% more by extending and expanding the millionaire's tax and closing corporate tax loopholes, which could bring billions to fund high quality education for all and so much more
We only have until the end of March, when the budget is finalized to have an impact.
If you were inspired by the historic Women’s March like we were, march with us to answer the call for 10 Actions in 100 Days.WHENMarch 04, 2017 at 2pmWHEREThe Liberty Pole
Liz Fleche wants to volunteer 2017-01-30 12:47:58 -0500Education unlocks the door of opportunity.If we do not educate every student, we are sacrificing not only our economic future,but also denying our children the opportunity to reach their dreams and potential.Over the last 10 years, Albany has shortchanged our schools and forced them to make tough cuts.What have our schools lost?35,000 Teachers, Aides, Administrators, Guidance Counselors, Social Workers, Librarians, Advance Placement Courses, Honors Courses, Career & Technical Education, Resources, Tutoring, Arts Programs, Dance Programs, Music Programs, Sports, After School Programs, Summer School, Clubs…the list goes on…..No More ExcusesAlbany’s rhetoric has not met reality. Governor Cuomo recognizes that schools need quality programs and supports in order to prepare students for college and careers. But, the investments that the Governor has put forth combined with 5 years of cuts have failed to improve the quality of education. New York is moving in the wrong direction.
New York has some of the best schools in the country that offer a diversity of courses and supports to meet their students’ needs and help them reach their fullest potential. But these schools are only in wealthy areas.
There is gap in New York separating the great schools from the ones that are struggling to provide even the basics for their students. This gap rings in at $8,601 per student, which is the difference between a student going to college prepared or dropping out because they lack the supports and resources.What works:Early Start in Quality Pre-K: Students who attend pre-K are more likely to graduate high school, go to college and earn higher wages as adults. Every $1 invested in pre-k saves taxpayers $7 in future cost.Time + Resources: A high quality and diverse curriculum tied with sufficient time give students the space to learn and grow. Extended Learning Time, such as afterschool programs, also allows schools to cultivate creativity by giving students the opportunity to engage in art and music.Supports for Student Success: Students come to school with a variety of social, emotional and physical needs. When these needs are appropriately met through programs such as Community Schools and Restorative Justice, students are better able to engage in learning. Teachers also require supports, such as mentoring and planning time, in order to build upon their skills to best serve students’ needs.Teaching & Learning, Not Excessive Testing: In the current climate of insufficient funding and raised standards, more harm than good is done if we do not address the misuse on standardized testing. There needs to be not only a reduction the amount of testing, but a moratorium on the high stakes consequences of those tests and a ban on standardized testing in pre-K through second grade.Important Links:AQE's 2014 Legislative Priorities: http://www.aqeny.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/11.20.2013_AQE-2014-Legislative-Priorites.pdfDo your part and support your community through volunteering for education equity!