Tonight, school leaders, boards of education, parents and community advocacy groups from districts in Warren, Saratoga, Washington, Hamilton and Essex counties will hold a regional advocacy event called ”Stand Up for Upstate Schools“.
The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Queensbury High School.
Featured speaker Dr. Richard G. Timbs, executive director of the Statewide School Finance Consortium, will discuss how New York schools have been shortchanged by an unfair distribution of state aid and the loss of nearly $8.5 billion in state aid to the Gap Elimination Adjustment since 2009. The event will also offer easy-to-use tools and simple tips for getting legislators to pay attention to your concerns for local children.
Queensbury Union Free School District Superintendent Dr. Douglas Huntley discusses the upcoming advocacy forum.
This is the second advocacy-related event to be held in the last month. In early-October, districts from the Hudson Valley gathered together to gain an understanding of why so many districts have no choice but to close schools, cut educational programs, and lay off effective teachers. In January of 2013, school districts in the Capital Region held a similar event.
Education Speaks will be live-tweeting the event from Queensbury High School beginning at 6:30 p.m. Follow along with us, @edspeaksNY, use #StandUp4Upstate.