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The North Country Fights Back

A Rally to Help Save New York State Public Education

The New York State United Teachers, The Alliance for Quality Education, and several of the local teachers’ unions in Northern New York will be holding a rally in support of public education at Indian River High School on Saturday, February 28, 2015. The rally will begin at 3:00 PM with opportunities to sign petitions to encourage the elimination of the Gap Elimination Adjustment, a postcard campaign to encourage equitable funding of North Country schools and sign making for the rally.

A tour bus will be travelling to affiliated rallies in Plattsburgh and Massena before arriving at Indian River at 4:00 PM. Traveling on the bus will be several speakers, including Billy Easton of the Alliance for Quality Education, Karen Magee, president of The New York State United Teachers, and Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers. Several local educational leaders will be speaking, as well.

Schools across New York have struggled through years of budget cuts that have eliminated important programs for our students. Now we are faced with a budget proposal that holds schools and students hostage in order for Governor Cuomo to force through his own personal educational agenda. Governor Cuomo’s budget agenda focuses on punishing schools, students, educators, administrators, and boards of education. All stakeholders across the state have decried the governor’s proposals as having the potential to create irreversible damage to our public schools.

No longer can New York’s public schools afford to watch public education funds be withheld as a form of punishment, nor can our schools provide the sound, basic education that every child deserves if an increasing amount of funding is diverted to downstate charter schools.

We would like to encourage students, parents, educators and community members from across Northern New York to join us on February 28th at Indian River High School to support the great job that our public schools do, and to let our elected officials know that public schools are the absolute best investment we can make in our state’s future. All attendees are encouraged to bring a donation to support our local food banks.

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