Zephyr Teachout and WFP’s Bill Lipton: No Time to Waste on Education

The same real estate and hedge fund billionaires that spent a fortune to buy control of the State Senate on Election Day are quickly moving on to their next big project: trying to buy our public education system.

With a new legislative session kicking off in January — and the prospect of a special session being called even earlier than that — there’s no time to waste.

Join us and tell Governor Cuomo and state legislators: Don’t let Wall Street buy our public education system the same way they bought the last election.

All New York children deserve a quality public education — but whether they get one or not right now depends largely on where they live. The funding gap between our state’s 100 wealthiest school districts and our 100 poorest school districts is an astonishing $8,601 per student. [1]

But instead of closing this gap and fully funding the public school system that serves 97% of New York students, the hedge fund billionaires have a different plan: more tax breaks for the wealthy and more taxpayer funding of privately-run charter schools, many of which don’t admit students likely to bring down their test scores.

Unfortunately, we now have a State Senate majority that seems more inclined to take care of their campaign funders than to represent their own constituents. They may soon be considering policies like using scarce public dollars to subsidize private schools, or raising the cap on privately-run charter schools without increasing accountability or transparency.

It’s going to take all of us working together to make sure their attacks on public education don’t come to pass. That’s why we’ll be going all out with our allies in the coming weeks to make sure every elected official in Albany knows we expect them to stand with our families and children, not Wall Street billionaires.

If you agree, the one thing you can do that will help the most right now is to make sure your lawmakers and Gov. Cuomo know where you stand.

Tell Governor Cuomo and state legislators: Stand up for public schools that serve all of our children. Don’t let Wall Street buy our public education system.


Bill Lipton and Zephyr Teachout

[1] http://www.aqeny.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Tale-of-Two-States-Report_FINAL.pdf