URGENT: Make Cuomo & Legislature know we are still here!

A message from PJSTA President Beth Dimino…

Now that the holidays are behind us and our legislators are planning
to return to Albany for the 2014 Session next week, we’ve noticed
media coverage of Common Core has quieted down significantly. Our
mission is to ensure this quiet time is not misinterpreted as
Governor Cuomo is scheduled to deliver his State of the State Address
on January 8th. We need to apply statewide pressure on him to
specifically address the failures of education reform in New York.
Doing so would get this issue front and center in the media again.
We have an idea that will be very effective, and we need your help.
Starting on Thursday, January 2, we begin the “New York New Year Blitz”
on Governor Cuomo and the Legislature. We will call, fax, email,
Tweet, and snail-mail Governor Cuomo and ask him why he has turned a
deaf ear on our voices, why he refuses to acknowledge the failure of
Common Core in New York State, and why he has not spoken one word
about education deform in response to our testimonies and appearances
at NYSED’s and Senator Flanagan’s hearings around the state. We will
do the same to our legislators (Assembly and Senate) and remind them
that we are still here, we are still not happy, and that they work for
us! They need to ignore Flanagan’s proposed legislation and do
something that throws Common Core out of New York.

Public protests and picketing at local/regional television news
stations across the state would put us front and center with a unified
message to the Governor that this issue isn’t dead, and that
Flanagan’s report of his statewide hearings was an abysmal
misrepresentation of the shortcomings, experiences, and objections
presented by parents, educators, administrators, and early childhood
development experts. On Monday, January 6th beginning at 4 p.m. outside
each TV news station listed below, we make our voices heard. We will
call on the media to get our message out. We will bring signs,
placards, bullhorns. We will apply as much pressure and generate as
much noise as humanly possible. We will post this activity to every
social media outlet and make it go viral. After the Governor’s Address
on the 8th, we get on the phones, we get on our computers and we flood
every New York State Senator’s office (both locally and in Albany)
with the message to get this fixed and not stop until it is. We keep
the heat turned up high until someone steps forward with a REAL
common-sense solution to this mess. It is only the majority of people
statewide that will show Flanagan how wrong he has been about the
Common Core and his interpretation of the message we have been
THIS IS IT FOLKS!! What we’ve been training for…our Marathon Day! This
is the effort that must happen without a hiccup. We have it from a
reliable source that January is CRITICAL and our efforts are URGENTLY
NEEDED. WE ARE CLOSE TO WINNING THIS! This activity will have to be a
skillfully choreographed dance and can only work if we are ALL pulling
on our oars at the same time in the same direction. These are OUR
children, OUR teachers, and OUR schools. Let no arrogant politician
stand in our way!

Governor Cuomo’s Contact Info
Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of the Governor
NY State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
Phone: 518-474-8390
Fax: 518-474-1513
Email: Gov.Cuomo@chamber.state.ny.us
www.twitter.com/NYGovCuomo @NYGovCuomo Use #StopCommonCore and#fixNYschools
NY State Senate: http://www.nysenate.gov/ NY State
TV Station Rally Locations for January 6th
WTEN (ABC Network)
341 Northern Blvd
Albany, New York 12204
WIVT-TV (ABC Network)
203 Ingraham Hill Road
Binghamton, NY 13903
Bronx & Brooklyn
News 12 Bronx/Brooklyn
930 Soundview Ave
Bronx, NY 10473
Phone:(718) 328-7504
WGRZ (NBC Network)
259 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo,NY 14202
WETN-TV (NBC Network)
101 East Water Street
Elmira,NY 14901
Long Island (Nassau & Suffolk Counties)
News 12 Long Island
1 Media Crossways
Woodbury, NY 11797
E-mail: LIDesk@News12.com

Lower Hudson Valley
(Rockland & Orange Counties)
News 12 Lower Hudson Valley
235 West Nyack Road
West Nyack , NY 10994
Phone: 845-624-8780
Fax: 845-735-1601
E-mail: news12hv@news12.com

WPTZ (NBC Network)
5 Television Drive
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

WHEC-TV 10 (NBC Network)
191 East Avenue
Rochester,NY 14604

WSYR-TV (ABC Network)
5904 Bridge Street
East Syracuse,NY 13057

WKTV (NBC Network)
5936 Smith Hill Rd
Utica,NY 13502
WWNY TV7 (FOX and CBS affiliate)
120 Arcade Street
Watertown,NY 13601

News 12 Westchester
6 Executive Plaza
Yonkers, NY 10701

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