Many New Yorkers spoke up about the nomination of Betsy DeVos to be Education Secretary, calling their U.S. senators and writing letters. And while the federal government may play an important role in education policy and funding, the state is arguably much more significant.
Wondering why there are 32 kids in your kids’ second grade class? Why Upper West Siders have to hold fundraisers for basic amenities for public school kids?
One reason is that the state isn’t adhering to a court ruling that demands that public schools in the city get more money to reduce class sizes. And school funding is being debated as we speak in Albany. The Alliance for Quality Education has more on this, and says city schools are still owed $3.9 billion. And we’ve written about the impact from a group of Democrats called the IDC that has aligned with Republicans.
They’re also debating issues like whether to protect funding for Planned Parenthood and expand rights for transgender people.
Look up your state senator here and give them a call if you’re interested.