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Vote for Public Education on Election Day!
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NYC Kids PAC enthusiastically endorses Howie Hawkins for Governor and Brian Jones as Lieutenant Governor on the Green Party Line.  Why? 

Howie and Brian believe, as we do, that NYC kids deserve a quality education, including smaller classes and plenty of art, music and science.  They believe our kids should not be over-tested nor be subjected to a rigid and flawed curriculum, tied to standards developed by people who have never taught.  They believe that rather than turn our schools over to private corporations run by hedge-funders, our elected officials need to support and strengthen our public schools, the bedrock of our democracy.

In contrast, Governor Cuomo has failed our children, in almost every way.  He slashed state aid for education, despite a court decision that found that our public schools underfunded.  He pushed for more high-stakes testing, and for a teacher evaluation system based on test scores that will drive good teachers out of the profession.  He has imposed a new requirement that any new charter school get space on demand, at city expense, while thousands of public school students sit in overcrowded classrooms, on waiting lists for Kindergarten, or in trailers.
 
Just this week, Cuomo said he was determined to “break” our public school system, which he called “one of the only remaining public monopolies.”  What about the police and fire departments or public health?  Perhaps he is so intent on privatizing our public schools because some of his biggest donors run charter schools.   He also condescended to parents by saying that the only reason we protested the flawed curriculum and exams is that we were manipulated by teachers, who got us “upset last year about this entire Common Core agenda.”
 
It’s time for someone to stand up for our kids and to start respecting parents.  Howie Hawkins and Brian Jones will do just that, and we strongly urge you to go out and vote for them on Tuesday.
 
For more information on how the candidates for Governor stand on education, see the NYSAPE scorecard here.
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