Over the last few years, public school budgets in New York City have been cut at least four times – and our children are suffering. The results have been sharp increases in class size, and the loss of many valuable afterschool, arts and tutoring programs. In the early grades, classes are now larger than they have been in more than a decade.
Governor Cuomo has proposed to cut education by $1.5 billion next year, on top of last year’s cuts of $1.4 billion, which would amount to the largest education cuts in state history. More than half a billion dollars would be slashed from NYC schools. In response, Mayor Bloomberg has proposed eliminating over 6,000 teaching positions, which would likely further increase class sizes to levels not seen in a generation.
Please sign this petition to the Governor, the State Legislature, the Mayor, the Chancellor, and Speaker Quinn, protesting these devastating cuts, and proposing a simple alternative: that the surtax on NY households making over $300,000 per year should not be allowed to lapse. This one single measure would yield approximately $5 billion in revenue next year. We are also urging that an additional city tax surcharge be imposed on millionaires, to ensure that no other critical social services be eliminated .
Our wealthiest New Yorkers can afford to pay more and should be required to contribute their fair share.