Mayor Bloomberg proposes to cut $350 million directly from the classroom, by removing 6,000 teachers from our schools through attrition and layoff. This would mean cuts to all schools and would lead to the sharpest rises in class size in over thirty years.
Arts, music, performing arts, physical education, career and technical education, libraries and intervention services would also be hard hit. The Mayor's budget represents a major step backwards in New York's commitment to quality education and is morally unconscionable.
We are calling on Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council to invest in school improvement, not cut programs, increase class sizes or take teachers out of the classroom.
Please sign the petition below, and feel free to edit the letter and add your own comments about your child's school and why you think this is important.
After you sign, if you are diverted to another petition about "saving great teachers," be forewarned; this is Michelle Rhee's petition -- aimed not at avoiding layoffs or larger classes, but at eliminating seniority protections for teachers.
- Mayor of the city of New York
- Chair, NYC Council Finance Committee
Council Member Dominic Recchia
- Speaker of the NYC Council
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn
We urge you not to cut any teaching positions. Eliminating six thousand teaching positions would lead to the sharpest increases in class size in over thirty years, and the loss of other valuable programs, including art, music, performing arts, physical education, career and technical education,and intervention programs.
This is morally unacceptable. Already, the state’s highest court said NYC class sizes were so large that our children were deprived of their right to an adequate education.
If you care about our children and their future, you will not allow a single teaching position to be eliminated. You must find another way.
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