POSITION ON FIGHTING FOR ALL CONSTITUENCY GROUPS
Please contact ST CAUCUS with questions on our position.
The current officers promised to support all constituency groups, but have failed to recognize the systemic nature of the threat to education. The tax cap at the local level is not a separate issue from the treatment of adjuncts in higher ed. Policy makers are trying to pay for education on the cheap. EdTPA is as harmful to the profession of education as is the current benchmarking of the grades 3-8 State Tests. The Tax Levy Cap impedes the salary advancement of our SRPs in the same way that it prevents the funding of needed programs in our most struggling districts. New York State fails to meet its legal requirements to fund Pre K-12 education, and neglects to support its Community Colleges as well as State Colleges and Universities. We have seen a 40% drop in teacher training programs because NYSUT has simply failed to protect our profession. By accepting every legislative loss and making it our “new normal,” we numb our members to the hope for change. Only when we fight for the values that will allow us to reclaim the promise of public education will we then be able to fight for every constituency group in NYSUT.