SAVE THE DATES! On May 21-22 New York Democrats will hold their state convention on Long Island. The convention will be held at the Hilton Long Island/Huntington hotel in Melville. Join us as we greet the Governor and share with him how we feel about his plans for public education.
On Monday, April 28th 500+ union members, including our own John Coyne, Jen Fatone and Henry Kupstas protested outside Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook where Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke at the Suffolk Democratic dinner. The protesters called the Governor to task regarding the Tax Cap, APPR and Standardized testing. The loud boisterous crowd carrying signs and bullhorns let the Governor know how angry we are with his education policies.
Then on May 4th NYSUT organized “Picket in the Pines” where the group DFER (Democrats for Education Reform) were hosting their Philosopher’s Camp on Education Reform. Andrew Cuomo was to be speaking at the event but instead of attending, at the last minute he spoke by video. It should be noted that DFER attendees are neither true Democrats nor educators. They are hedge fund managers and millionaires who are working to privatize education. In fact, public educators who attempted to register for the conference were turned away. Click here for more information about DFER.
Meryl Fordin, writes to keep you informed of the happenings in the EWTA as well as in public education; the mundane to the insane.