While our Valentine Campaign was a wild success, all of us at Love Your Schools are so grateful for all of your support — A big THANK YOU goes out to all of you – whether you simply signed a valentine or helped us work on the campaign!
Unfortunately — we are at a critical time in the budget process and THE TIME IS NOW to get our voices heard in Albany. The clock is ticking and our lawmakers are now working on our state budget. Their decisions will impact our children and our community.
You may heard about the three percent Education aid increase Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed. What you may not have heard is that if it is approved not every district would get an increase under his plan –in fact, according to some reports, nearly a quarter of districts – many in Upstate New York – would get less than they did this past year. Why? One of the reasons is because they will use the same formula to determine who gets that aid – and that formula disadvantages Upstate New York.
Increase or not, many area superintendents are saying they will wrestle with deficits and be forced to cut teachers and academic programs if Governor Cuomo’s budget is adopted. While we aren’t sure what that means for Canandaigua, you can be sure that cuts will be made.
We know that these fiscal issues are complex and that it’s not an easy problem to solve. However, we need to see ACTION now. We need our lawmakers to be willing to roll up their sleeves and do the hard work necessary to begin to fix the problems. Addressing the unfairness of the gap elimination in the formula is a very good start.
Over the next few weeks funding to education is being discussed and decided upon in Albany.
NOW is the time for us to let our voices be heard. Please join me and other Love Your Schools supporters in calling or emailing our legislators and lawmakers in the next two weeks so they know we are watching.
I’ve created an email you can use as a starting point. Please consider taking time now to send a few emails or make a phone call. If you can only send two – send to the co-chairs of the Education budget committee listed below.
Please do this if you can. — Thanks!
Education Budget Chairs:
John J. Flanagan / 631-361-2154 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Catherine Nolan / 518-455-4851 / NolanC@assembly.state.ny.us
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
send email here: http://www.governor.ny.gov/contact/GovernorContactForm.php
Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb
Senator Michael Nozzolio (54th Senate District)
Senator Ted O’Brien (55th Senate District)
Time is of the essence. I know the next few weeks are critical as you work hard to finalize our state budget. I am writing to you to urge you to help Upstate New York communities continue our commitment to fund a high quality education for our children.
Please cut gap elimination from the education funding formula and PLEASE stop issuing unfunded mandates.
Please act on this now.
Thank you for your consideration –
(YOUR NAME: ADDRESS: EMAIL: CONTACT INFO)