ACT NOW! LET OUR VOICE BE HEARD!

act nowWe need all of us to ACT NOW.

Our state legislators are NOW FIRMING UP OUR STATE BUDGET. It was our impression that our Senators and Assemblymen/women were finally getting the message from us — that we need them to eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment quickly. We thought there was movement toward reinstating some of this aid to our schools. That is NOT the case.

On March 14 — it appears that the supportive rhetoric and promises of help have been broken, ignored or gutted by both the Senate AND the Assembly in their one-house budget bills.

Each house bill did precious little to restore the significant GEA deductions we all have had to bear over the past four years because they have introduced new proposals to channel that money elsewhere.

This has to stop and if you don’t do anything about it NOW – it won’t.

PLEASE click the links below and take a minute to call or email our Senator and Assemblyman NOW and ask them to NOT support this diversion of funds. We need some of that promised funding to come back to us – not go elsewhere.

Please – I urge you to do this now before you forget. You don’t have to attend a meeting – please just do this now. We can make a difference if our voices are heard.

CLICK HERE FOR A SAMPLE LETTER you can use for calls and e-mails/letters.

CLICK HERE for sample Tweets for your use.

CLICK HERE for contact information for state Senators.

CLICK HERE for contact information for state Assembly members.

THANK YOU!

 

We Want You …. to attend our next meeting!

we want you  We want you to attend our next Love Your Schools Meeting – Feb 6th in the Ewing Room at the Wood Library in Canandaigua.

Come join us as we  brainstorm how we can improve our May Celebrate Schools Rally (this year it will be May 17th) as well as organize our communications plans for school budget information; voter registration outreach and firm up plans for two roundtable discussions being planned with two of our legislators right here in Canandaigua!  (Yes, they answered our letters and you’ll get an opportunity to sit across the table and have a conversation about what is important to you!)

SOOOOO.. Please put this date on your calendar — we NEED you!

BRRRRR — meeting is on tonight!

freezing-temperature_t750x550Neither sleet, rain, snow or frigid temps can stop Love Your Schools from meeting to help ensure a high quality education continues in Canandaigua!  Our meeting is on TONIGHT  despite the school closure.  In fact, we were hoping that now that all school events have been cancelled – you all can join us now for our meeting at WOOD Library tonight from 7 – 8:30 pm.  We hope to see you there!  On our agenda is how we can get more folks involved in our efforts; what our priorities are for 2014 — as well as an update on our advocacy efforts (eduACTION activities) and a proposal for us to take a stand on Common Core.  We’ll also discuss plans for our May Celebrate Schools rally.  So join us for the conversation;  some sweets and possibly some hot beverages as well!

Meeting Jan 7th

mfeetingWe will be having a Love Your Schools Meeting Jan 7th at 7 pm at The Wood Library in Canandaigua.   Bring a friend or two!

Please join us so we can continue our efforts in 2014. We’ve been working with a few dedicated folks and really need more people to help if we are to have greater impact on educational advocacy and maintaining a high quality education in Canandaigua!

Got 2 min? Sign this electronic petition!

petition blackboardThis just in — Move On has started to circulate an electronic petition that will be sent to the NY Board of Regents letting them know that we need equitable funding for education in New York State!

Please take 2 min to read this and sign it!  It’s important to get our voice heard NOW – while there is still hope and time that they can make changes to the budget to properly fund public education!

Here is the petition:

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/fund-education-fairly?source=s.icn.em.mt&r_by=9644968

To share this on FB: Go to the LYS FaceBook page to share our post / link:https://www.facebook.com/LoveYourSchools

Thanks for you time and hope you’ll join us!

You Missed a great educational Rally!

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Dr. Rick Timbs in Action. (Photo Courtesy of Finger Lakes Times)

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Photo courtesy of Finger Lakes Times

First let me say a BIG Thank you to all those that helped make the EduACTION Rally happen.

Special thanks go to the amazing Love Your Schools team, The Canandaigua School District for hosting us as well as Four County School Boards Association for co-sponsoring the event. And a big thank you goes of course to our keynote speaker – Dr. Rick Timbs and our Advocacy speaker: Bob McKeveny, Superintendent in Seneca Falls.

Although we did gather about  200 people – many from neighboring school districts –  to hear Dr. Rick Timbs share some amazing facts about how our region is getting short changed when it comes to Educational Funding  – it was sad there were were only a hand full of parents and community members.  A good portion of the audience was made up of  school, superintendents, administration and school board members from over 16 school districts.

Bob McKeveny of Seneca Falls (photo courtesy of Finger Lakes Times)
Bob McKeveny of Seneca Falls  (photo courtesy of Finger Lakes Times)

Bob McKeveny of Seneca Falls (photo courtesy of Finger Lakes Times)

For the many of you not able to join us for this amazing night – I hope to post some excerpts from his presentation with some data points explained  soon — so check back for that.  In the meantime, feel free to download a PDF of his presentation in our eduACTION section of this website.

Thank you to the Finger Lakes Times and Canandaigua Messenger Post for publishing great articles on the Rally both pre- and post.   Just today  the Messenger posted a great opinion op ed on the subject:

http://www.mpnnow.com/article/20131201/OPINION/131209985/2011/OPINION

Here is other coverage:

http://www.fltimes.com/news/article_9bd075aa-52c3-11e3-bf6f-0019bb2963f4.html

http://www.fltimes.com/news/article_d85b8088-55e7-11e3-8586-001a4bcf887a.html

http://www.mpnnow.com/article/20131119/NEWS/131119635/1994/NEWS

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/PittsfordBlog/2013/11/20/love-your-school/3646365/

http://www.rochestercitynewspaper.com/rochester/urban-action-1120/Content?oid=2299220

 

ALL SCHOOL DISTRICTS WELCOME!

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All School Districts are WELCOME at eduACTION Tomorrow!

Help us get the word out!  Please encourage your friends no matter which local school district their kids or grand kids attend – to please join us for our eduACTION event tomorrow night.

In celebration of National Education Week, Love Your Schools, The Canandaigua City School District and Four Country School Boards Association are hosting eduACTION, a regional community Educational Advocacy rally on November, 20, 2013 from 7 – 9 pm at Canandaigua City School District’s Canandaigua Academy auditorium.  All residents of the Finger Lakes region are encouraged to attend as this event is really about issues affecting all NY state school districts.

“It’s absolutely critical that we take advocacy action now to try to create change in Albany this budget year”, says Laurie Riedman, organizer of Canandaigua Love Your Schools. “We hope to fill the auditorium with people who care about providing quality education for our kids at a reasonable cost, then get them to flood our representatives with the message that we want them to fight for our kids and our families!”

The purpose of EduACTION Night is to give attendees the knowledge and tools to advocate effectively to our New York State legislative representatives and to educate the media on the realities of how school funding is unfair for the majority of upstate taxpayers.

“In the 4 county region (of Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, Yates) the school districts currently receive over $22 million less state aid collectively than they did in 2008-09,” said keynote speaker and statewide funding expert Dr. Richard Timbs.  “Further state aid cuts have totaled collectively more than $166 million since just 2010-11 to present.  This has caused serious damage to the educational mission, local economies in the Finger Lakes region and shifted the state burden of the cost of public schools on to the backs of local taxpayers.  Any loss of state support is unacceptable and must be stopped.”

“I believe attending this rally will be two hours well spent,” said Kathy Guenther, president of Four County School Board Association.  “New York State residents – and thus their school board members — are having to deal with the impact of many diverse and complex issues.  We hope to provide facts and data that are key to understanding these complex issues and hopefully making necessary changes to educational funding legislation.”

Featured speaker for EduACTION, Dr. Richard Timbs is a dynamic personality and expert on state aid funding and other important education issues. Dr. Timbs will reveal updated data and explain how state aid formulas are skewed to favor wealthy districts to the detriment of taxpayers and students in less wealthy school districts.  He will address and explain complex issues that affect school funding including:

  • Funding formulas that favor wealthy districts and disadvantage many districts in the Finger Lakes region
  • What the Gap Elimination Adjustment is and why it needs to be eradicated so that funding can be restored to needy districts
  • What the Tax Cap Formula is and why its unpredictability is really hurting tax payers
  • What unfunded mandates are and how they increase the cost of our child’s education

View a video of Dr. Timbs for a quick overview of what he’ll be addressing and why residents should make time to attend this event.

“Unfortunately, this is a political problem,” says Mrs. Riedman. “Thus, it has a political solution – the answer is our participation! If we speak smartly and loudly –and often – our legislators will listen. And things will get better. That’s EduACTION!”