Subject: Woman of the Year!!!
We have never met but I have seen you mentioned by my friend Norm Scott on his EdNotes blog.
I just watched the video (https://vimeo.com/117989096) of your testimony in DC to the. Senate... Powerful, elegant, sincere and beautiful!
I was encouraged by the Senator from Rhode Island who summed up RTTT perfectly, none of the money came to the schools. And now Cuomo wants to duplicate it here in NY tying any funding increase to similar reforms .
Anyway, I was proud of you as both a veteran NYC educator and union man. You are an amazing young woman.
We could use more like you! Sadly, too many folks take their rights benefits and profession for granted, as we watch reformers chip away at it all.
Thank you for speaking up and representing us so well,
Brian De Vale
P.S. 257 /
Council of Supervisors and Administrators
Community School. District # 14
And here is a message from Brian to all of us:
We call these LI republican state senators and Assemblymen whose constituents have signed the petitions and tell them:
"you guys want to expand charters because you assume that it will only impact NYC. Well we work in NYC but live in your district. As charters explode because they offer extended day (day care) until 6pm many parents go and we lose money in our budgets. Our principals let people go, us, and we can't afford to live out here".
Thousands of teachers in live in. Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties. They need to mobilize. We have shard this message with Sen. Martins, Flanagan, Boyle and others.
My school has collected over 1000 signatures please email the petition around and ask folks to fax or deliver them to their local state Assemblymen/Senators: