New York State United Teachers is participating in a national day of action on December 9, 2013. We are asking all members to wear the color blue on this day as a show of unity in a call to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education. In New York our campaign if focused on a call for a 3 year moratorium on high stakes consequences with testing and fair funding for public education.
Wear blue on December 9 and show that you support what’s best for students and teachers. The press release from NYSUT president Dick Iannuzzi follows below.
Parents are invited to join us and show their support for a 3-year moratorium on high-stakes tests.
M E M O R A N D U M
TO: NYSUT Board of Directors
FROM: Dick Iannuzzi
DATE: November 15, 2013
RE: December 9 – National Day of Action
December 9, 2013 is a National Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education—an opportunity to raise our voices in unison in New York and to connect our campaign for fair funding and a three-year moratorium on high-stakes consequences with campaigns to support public education across the country. In order for this to be successful, we need your help to mobilize every NYSUT local in every corner of the state.
The National Day of Action connects what we have been fighting for in New York with a national movement. It reinforces our work over the past year and will increase our momentum exponentially. NYSUT will be participating in this national day of action with a broad coalition of union and community partners, including the AFT, NEA, AFL-CIO, the Alliance for Quality Education and Citizen Action.
We plan to maximize the impact of this nationally coordinated action by demonstrating solidarity and holding actions in as many places as possible on the same day. Actions are designed to engage all of our education members including early childhood staff, teachers, SRPs and higher education members. We are asking:
- All members to wear the color blue to show support for public education.
- Our locals to explain why the state’s bad policies — insufficient funding, tax cap, obsession with testing, lack of support for teaching and learning, insufficient staffing, lack of access to affordable higher education, to name a few — make them blue and offer solutions for making it right.
- Parents to join us so that there is a sea of blue for public education across the state.
- Locals to send us pictures of members and reasons why they are wearing blue and we will post he photos and a running list of the reasons why members are blue on our website.
In addition, NYSUT will hold joint press conferences with AQE, Citizen Action and other allies in several locations on December 9 to promote our shared legislative agenda and the message that the state should focus on teaching and learning, not testing. NYSUT and community leaders will meet with their respective Regents and urge them to support a three-year moratorium on high stakes consequences, accelerate support to our schools and make the course corrections that are needed to get it right.
With your support, the Day of Action will amplify our voices and help us achieve our goals.