Saturday, March 4th from 9:30am-12:30pm
From the organizers, Alliance for Quality Education of New York:
When public education is under attack?
What do we do?
Stand up fight back!
On March 4, students, teachers, parents and community members across New York State will come together for the People's March for Education Justice.
As we continue to defend public education from federal attacks by Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos, we march to defend public education here in New York from Governor Andrew Cuomo. The public investment he 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 $1.9 billion owed NYC
- 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 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 march because the rhetoric of Governor Cuomo and Trump attacking public education is almost indiscernible as they both have called public schools "a monopoly" and both push for school privatization through vouchers and privately-run charter schools.