This morning, a group of Albany faith leaders delivered our open letter to Gov. Cuomo on behalf of more than 800 clergy and people of faith from around the state.
Its message: Fund our public schools fully and fairly.
"It is shameful that in our state children are systematically denied equal access to education and opportunity," said Rev. Shannan Vance-Ocampo, Presbyter of the Albany Presbytery, as she stood alongside colleagues at the petition delivery. "We are leaders of faith communities. We believe in people and we believe in communities, and we are called to speak on behalf of those that have no voice, especially children."
The letter calls for an additional $2.2 billion in state aid to public schools, double the maximum amount the governor proposed in his budget, and rejects the governor's proposal to tie funding to controversial changes to teacher tenure and evaluations.
“It's very important that the religious community be a part of this, because public education is a moral issue." said Rev. Valerie Faust this morning. "Moral is a big word -- and we need more of that in our politicians." (To watch the press conference and petition deliver, click here.)
Tell Gov. Cuomo to Listen to Faith Voices
Faith leaders from all over the state and from every major tradition signed our open letter. showing the breadth of support for our public schools and the widespread concern over Gov. Cuomo's education agenda.
Over these last few days of the budget season, let's make sure the governor hears our message loud and clear.
Take 2 minutes today to call Gov. Cuomo's office at 518-474-8390. Ask him to take seriously the message that people of faith have delivered and to give New York's schools the $2.2 billion in additional funding they need.