Parents, teachers, students and community members from across New York state, including Western New York, will head to Albany on Saturday June 8 for a rally against over-testing and underfunding in public education.
20 buses and countless car caravans will carry over 1000 Buffalo area parents, teachers, students, and community members to the rally were over 10,000 are expected.
The One Voice United/Fighting for the Future of Public Education rally is sponsored by more than 20 organizations including the New York State United Teachers, the American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association.
Participants are saying, “enough is enough” to the state’s obsession with standardized testing that jeopardizes student time on learning and a full, rich curriculum. They are also demanding fair and adequate education funding; appropriate class sizes; student access to public higher education; and a fix for the undemocratic tax cap that diminishes local control.
Mark Crawford, Superintendent of Schools in West Seneca, and John McKenna, Middle School Principal and PTA Leader from Tonawanda, will be speaking at the rally. Both are leaders of the Partnership for Smarter School in WNY.