Teachers in New York State: ‘We will remember which senators voted against our public schools’

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The New York State United Teachers union issued a statement on Thursday, saying they will remember which senators voted against their public schools when it comes time to head to the polls.

NYSUT is a statewide union with more than 600,000 members in education, human services and health care. It is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.

The statement comes in light of the State Senate bill linking huge giveaways for charter schools, instead of passing a bill that would amend the annual teacher and principal evaluation system to eliminate the mandatory use of state assessments to determine a teacher or principal’s evaluation.

NYSUT president Andy Pallotta issued the following statement on behalf of the union: 

“Faced with a slam dunk opportunity to roll back the test-and-punish era by passing legislation sponsored by 55 of the 63 senators, Sen. Flanagan, his caucus and five Democrats chose to betray the state’s teachers. For what? To steer more than $375 million from public schools in the suburbs and upstate to charter schools in New York City. Make no mistake, New York teachers, parents and public school students will remember which senators voted against their public schools when we head to the polls this September and again in November.” 

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