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Ralliers at state Capitol protest state cuts to education aid

Emily Burkhard & WNYT Staff
Created: September 10, 2020 08:00 PM

One of New York's largest unions is asking the state to "Fund Our Future."

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Members of NYSUT gathered Thursday at the Capitol, speaking out against state cuts to education aid. They were joined by teachers, state lawmakers, and even one student.

All of them had the same message. They say these cuts are disproportionately affecting high needs districts and if they have to go through with them, the effects will be felt for years to come.

Teachers representing unions in local districts say this is another instance in which the state is asking teachers to do more with less.

They transitioned to virtual learning quickly when the pandemic shuttered schools in March, but now with 20% cut funding cuts across the board, teachers representing unions in local districts say this is another instance in which the state is asking teachers to do more with less.

NYSUT President Andy Pallotta says nice it is recommending a two-pronged approach to this issue. First, they're calling on federal lawmakers to pass The Heroes Act, and second they want state will makers to come up with new revenue streams to help lessen the gap.

Assemblyman John McDonald suggested a number of different bills that have been on state lawmakers’ desk in the past, including mobile sports betting and recreational marijuana as new ways to raise money for education.

Pallotta says we've already seen hundreds of members laid off, and longer lawmakers wait to act, the more harm will be done.
In fact, we could be seeing as many as 10,000 layoffs by the end of this month.

Hear from one middle schooler about how the cuts are affecting him and his classmates by watching the video of the story.


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