Gov. Cuomo finally came clean and acknowledged that his goal is to destroy public education as we know it. Or, as he put it, break “one of the only remaining public monopolies.”
Cuomo’s opponents Howie Hawkins and Rob Astorino both issued strong statements opposing the governor’s comments and showing support for teachers. We could cynically dismiss these responses as political gambits to curry favor with educators as part of their campaign, but this misses the larger point. Governor Cuomo is ALSO running for office and is doing so, as he has governed, without the slightest regard for the opinions of teachers and parents.
This needs to stop. Politicians, from the President on down, need to remember who the experts are in the education field and stop ignoring us in favor of billionaires and corporations. We need to be active, we need to be vocal, and we need to make sure that our voices are heard.
At the very, very least, we need to reach out to our New York State Senators and insist that they disavow the Governor’s remarks. Education is a PUBLIC GOOD, not a for-profit business that can be viewed as a “monopoly.”
Please call Chuck Schumer (202-224-6542)
Kirsten Gillibrand (212-688-6262)
Call them today.