Marches Channel Resistance to DeVos & Trump into Resistance to Cuomo Attacks on Public Education

On Saturday, March 4, local parents, students, teachers, and community members will march in Buffalo, joining local communities throughout the state to demand education justice in New York. In the wake of Betsy DeVos’ confirmation, the People’s March for Education Justice will focus resistance on the similarities between the Trump-DeVos agenda on public education and Governor Andrew Cuomo’s education agenda.

In addition to Buffalo, marches are planned for Rochester, Kingston, New York City, Schenectady, Syracuse and Wyandanch. For more information on the local marches, times, locations and how to attend, please visit: http://www.aqeny.org/march/

Participants are marching to demand:

  • An end to the systemic racism and economic injustice that defines school funding in New York State.
  • Fully and equitably funding public schools statewide, including the $4.3 billion in Foundation Aid owed to schools as a result of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity​ and rejection of Governor Cuomo’s plan to repeal this funding.
  • Raise the Age and stop the ​criminalization of our youth.
  • Ending the state’s over-reliance on high-stakes testing.
  • An end to the privatization of public education and rejection of Governor Cuomo’s plan for a massive expansion of privately-run charter schools.
  • Expansion of childcare funding and delivering on Governor Cuomo’s unfulfilled promise for universal full-day pre-K.
  • Making SUNY and CUNY free for all.
  • Ensuring all public schools, colleges and universities are Sanctuary Schools and will not aid federal officials in the detainment or deportation of students.
  • Extending and expanding the millionaires’ tax, closing the Wall Street hedge fund carried interest loophole, and eliminating wasteful corporate tax giveaways made in the name of economic development. These plans would bring billions to fund high quality education for all and so much more.

WHAT: The Buffalo People’s March for Education Justice, part of a series of community-led marches taking place across the state in support of public education in New York. Please visit http://www.aqeny.org/march/ for more information and updates.

WHEN & WHERE: Saturday, March 4, 12–2 PM; march begins at Erie County Holding Center, 121 W. Eagle St., continuing to Buffalo City Hall, and ending with rally at Hutchinson Technical High School, 256 S Elmwood Ave, Buffalo

WHO: Parents, teachers, students, Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore, Erie County Legislature Democratic Leader Betty Jean Grant, Assemblymember Sean Ryan, community leaders, and education advocates. Alliance for Quality Education, Citizen Action of Western New York.

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