December 17: After the governor hinted he may not sign the moratorium bill, we used his own words against him in a press statement: http://www.nysut.org/news/2014/december/nysut-statement-on-governors-remarks
December 18: After the Malatras letter was released, we immediately tagged the governor as “clueless” in a press statement, and in social media. Numerous media interviews and press statement can be found here:http://www.nysut.org/news/2014/december/nysut-condemns-cuomo-letter-as-clueless #cluelessCuomo became a rallying cry.
December 23: Karen Magee appears on statewide radio and television to criticize the governor’s comments and rebut some of his more mis-informed comments. You can listen to the audio clip here: http://www.wcny.org/cpr122214/
December 29: After the governor vetoed the moratorium bill we reacted strongly. (Press release here:http://www.nysut.org/news/2014/december/nysut-slams-governor-for-vetoing-moratorium-bill)
December 31: Rally at the executive mansion. Coverage from at least 10 news organizations, includingNew York Times and Wall Street Journal. Gallery of photos at www.nysut.org and, of course, clips can be found through a Google news search and were sent to local leaders through the NYSUT Leader Briefing. During this time, we also blasted the King/Tisch letter in a number of radio, television and print interviews.
In addition, we want to specifically note that, over this time frame, we strongly supported the NYSAPE letter. It’s responding to Malatras resulting in a great ride on social media. NYSUT constructed a special MAC blast urging our members to read it and share it.
New Year’s Day to January 7: Out of respect, we held fire for a few days following the passing of former Gov. Mario Cuomo.
NYSUT supported East Greenbush TA President Sean Crall in his efforts to get out the message that Gov. Cuomo’s staff made Crall remove a “Respect Public Ed” pin. Here’s the clip which was widely shared on social media. http://nypost.com/2015/01/06/teacher-cuomo-staff-asked-me-to-remove-pro-union-button/
January 9: A new report ranked NY’s public education system 9th in the nation. This is a direct contradiction to the governor’s claim that schools are failing. Here’s our piece:http://www.nysut.org/news/2015/january/report-new-york-states-public-education-system-ranks-among-nations-best
January 10: A coalition partner, the Alliance for Quality Education, released a report showing that inequality and segregation have reached record levels under Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Report and Daily News link can be found here: http://www.nysut.org/news/2015/january/new-report-calls-out-gov-cuomo-for-record-setting-inequality-in-school-funding
January 10: Albany Times Union columnist Fred LeBrun supported NYSUT and teachers and attacked the Governor in this column, which ran in the Sunday Times Union (circulation 150,000). http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/LeBrun-A-disaster-dressed-up-as-reform-6006907.php?cmpid=twitter
January 11: Nearly 1,000 students, parents and teachers packed the Million Dollar Staircase at the state Capitol for a rally. Rev. William Barber and NAACP leaders scolded Cuomo for failing to properly fund public schools. Andy Pallotta pointedly told the governor – at the top of his lungs – to stop making excuses and fund public education. NYSUT coverage and numerous press clips can be found here:http://www.nysut.org/news/2015/january/moral-mondays-parents-students-and-educators-take-to-the-capitol-to-call-for-fairness
January 13: Karen Magee has a radio commentary that airs on 16 radio stations across New York. Here she takes on the governor in her monthly commentary: http://wamc.org/post/karen-magee-battle-public-education This got a nice ride on social media.
Held an emergency Board of Directors call to Action
January 14: NYSUT offered a less-than-enthusiastic response to the governor’s circuit breaker proposal here: http://www.nysut.org/news/2015/january/tax-relief-plan-flawed-because-of-tax-cap-link
January 15: NYSUT launched a nearly $1 million ad campaign in advance of the Governor’s State of the State and budget. You can find the ad and coverage on the NYSUT web site and coverage via this link.http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/nysut-putting-ad-calling-equitable-school-funding-blog-entry-1.2078223