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  • VIDEO: Group urges Governor to address inequality by supporting a $1.9 billion school aid increase

  • Days ahead of Governor Cuomo's yearly State of the State address, Zakiyah Ansari, Advocacy Director for the Alliance for Quality Education, delivers an urgent video message to the Governor and legislature pressing for a $1.9 billion increase in school aid to address the growing inequality between wealthy and poor schools across the state.
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  • Days ahead of Governor Cuomo's yearly State of the State address, Zakiyah Ansari, Advocacy Director for the Alliance for Quality Education, delivers an urgent video message to the Governor and legislature pressing for a $1.9 billion increase in school aid to address the growing inequality between wealthy and poor schools across the state.
    The video draws from Gov. Cuomo's own words, shortly after taking office, when he said that "we have two public school systems, one for the rich, and one for the poor," and that the state should serve to "equalize."
    Zakiyah Ansari, who is a public school parent, explains under Gov. Cuomo's tenure, "our schools have experienced far too many cuts—we've lost arts & music, afterschool programs, Advanced Placement courses, tutoring and schools lost 35,000 teachers and educators. These cuts are a failure for our students and inequality has grown since the Governor took office." Furthermore, the video points out his unfairness in giving $2 billion in tax giveaways to corporations and the wealthy, while schools continue to make cuts.
    Ansari gets ahead of popular myths peddled by Governor Cuomo, like the idea that 'money doesn't matter.' She counters such a statement by saying it is "as nonsensical as saying that poverty doesn't affect students' opportunities." Another myth dispelled by the video is that the Governor increased school funding, even though 90 percent of schools have less classroom funding than before he took office.
    The Alliance for Quality Education, as New York State's lead community-based organization in the fight for high quality public education, is releasing this video to launch a forceful statewide effort by parents, students, teachers and other advocates to push the Governor and the legislature to increase school funding.

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