New York State teachers will be wearing blue on Monday, Dec. 9, to show solidarity in their protest of budget cuts, emphasis on standardized testing and the rush to implement the Common Core Standards in public schools. New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), in a Dec. 6 press statement, announced they will be joining the National Federation of Teachers in this Day of Action “…to reclaim the promise of public education from corporate interests and self-proclaimed education "reformers."
The New York Day of Action will kick off at a 7 a.m. rally at Nyack High School with NYSUT President Richard C. Iannuzzi and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten as featured speakers. Union officials will be holding press conferences at schools and union offices across the state.
Some of the events will include parent speakers and student performances.
The Day of Action events will focus on ways to ensure every child in the state receives a quality education in the public school system. Union leaders will launch an open letter to the Board of Regents requesting the Board take actions to:
- Properly implement the new standards
- Place a three-year moratorium on consequences linked to standardized tests
- Push legislators and Governor Cuomo to increase school funding
- Emphasize teaching and learning over testing and it’s consequences
- Listen to the concerns of teachers, parents, students and community members
Parents and concerned citizens are encouraged to add their names to the open letter, which has garnered over 5,000 signatures as of Sunday, Dec. 8. A complete list of scheduled events may be found at the NYSUT website.