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How much money does the state owe your school?
Find out at www.howmuchnysrobbed.nyc. If you're on Twitter, tweet out what you find using the #AllKidsNeed hashtag and tag the governor (@NYGovCuomo) in your tweet so he hears you! Also, tell the governor how your school would spend this money using the hashtag #MySchoolNeeds.
Demanding that Gov. Cuomo pay up on the state’s long-overdue $2.5 billion debt to New York City public schools, two education advocacy groups at a press conference on Feb. 19 released a report that broke down the money owed by Assembly and Senate districts in New York City so that each lawmaker who is going to vote on the state budget can tell exactly how much money is missing from his or her district.
The Alliance for Quality Education and the UFT also unveiled a website that parents can use to find out exactly how much the governor owes their child’s school as a consequence of his failure to heed the 2006 Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit settlement. The group calculated that each New York City student is owed $2,667.
At the press conference on the steps of City Hall, frustrated and angry teachers, parents, and community and political leaders called on the governor to fulfill his constitutional obligation to properly fund schools.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew pulled no punches in his remarks. “This isn’t about breaking promises,” he said. “This is about breaking the law. Let us all be very, very clear now: This money is owed to the children of this city, and the governor is ignoring the courts and the law.”
Citing an improved economy, the union leader called the governor’s stonewalling of the state’s high-court ruling an “ethical issue.” He said the governor’s corporate education reform proposals were an attempt to distract attention from his failure to pay the money owed.
Catherine Nolan, who chairs the State Assembly’s Education Committee, was equally blunt. “The economy has turned around. The funds are there,” she said. “It’s time for us to keep our promises to the children and families of New York.”
Charles DiBenedetto, a teacher at Richmond Hill HS, Queens, said that budget cuts at his school have resulted in larger class sizes and the loss of staff and electives, all of which have diminished the educational experience of the students.
Shivering in the cold, Maria Maravegias, an English teacher at Transit Tech HS, Brooklyn, explained that she came out for the press conference because she is “tired of teacher blaming, budget cuts and the explosion of charter schools.”
This story first appeared on UFT.org on Feb. 19 at 5 p.m.
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