New York City — Nine women of color members of the New York State Legislature launched a petition challenging Governor Andrew Cuomo to finally fully fund the Campaign for Fiscal Equity and end the systemic racism and economic inequity that plagues New York State public school funding. Public schools statewide are owed $4.3 billion in Foundation Aid as a result of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity. This funding would greatly reduce the school spending gap that shortchanges students of color, immigrants and students in poverty.
The legislators, Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte, Assemblymember Latrice Walker, Assemblymember Latoya Joyner, Assemblymember Kimberly Jean-Pierre, Assemblymember Alicia Hyndman, Assemblymember Maritza Davila, Assemblymember Nily Rozic, Senator Marisol Alcantara, and Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou, have taken to the racial justice website ColorOfChange in partnership with the Alliance for Quality Education, to demand that every child in every community have access to fully funded schools in the age of Trump. The petition calls on Governor Cuomo to “fulfill his responsibility to finally deliver the “sound, basic education” required by the State constitution by providing the $4.3 billion needed for classroom resources, art and music, guidance counselors, social workers, student supports and more.”
The lawmakers point to the parallels between Trump and Cuomo policy initiatives. “From cutting taxes on millionaires to attempting to privatize education, the parallels between Trump’s agenda and some of Governor Cuomo’s policies are obvious. It is time that the Governor stands up for the children of New York and fully rejects Trump’s agenda against our most vulnerable communities.”
The full petition is available at: