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Give NYC Public School Students the Education they Deserve

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Dear Governor Cuomo,

The New York City public school system needs and deserves increases in State aid for education to further improve the schools. Class sizes should be reduced, after-school programs expanded, and enrichment programs in academics, the arts, sports, health, and other services should be strengthened. The State government has still not addressed the Campaign for Fiscal Equity court decision, which said New York City schools and other school systems are not adequately funded, and the State should add $2.2 billion in funding statewide to the schools to make progress on this vital concern.

Instead of recognizing these basic needs, your budget provides no increase to New York City schools unless the legislature approves increasing the use of test scores to fire teachers, principals, and close schools, and allows tens of thousands more children to be diverted from the public schools by adding 100 more charter schools. These proposals will damage the school system by demoralizing staff, students, and parents, and destabilize schools as more families leave.

We the undersigned, join with Assemblymember Jim Brennan (Member New York State Assembly, 44th Assembly District) reject the holding of State aid hostage to these damaging proposals.

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