NYSUT and I agree in the importance of maintaining a strong system of public education and this year Sen. Flanagan has taken steps to weaken public schools by proposing to increase funding to the charter school industry and his donors by millions of dollars.
“In endorsing for state Senate, we are standing with those who have stood consistently with us,” said NYSUT President Andy Pallotta. “We made clear to the entire Senate and its leaders that Senate Bill 8992 carried serious consequences. Those senators who turned their backs on teachers and public education — and held students and educators hostage in hopes of dealing for more charter schools — are now being held accountable for their vote.”
Pallotta noted that NYSUT’s endorsement means “an army of members will be knocking on doors, handing out campaign literature and making tens of thousands of personal phone calls on behalf of favored candidates.”
And we all know what teachers can do when they set their minds to it.