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Restore Education Funding Event
Real Answers to Real Questions: School Funding and Taxes

Introduction (5 minutes):
- Thanks to audience for coming
­- Brief background on how this issue
- Everyone is invited to take some actions
- Sign the sign-in-sheet in the back and indicate in the space provided how they can offer their skills to our group
- Special welcome to dignitaries/legislators

Speakers (40 minutes):

1. Mandated Testing/Race to the Top/Other Unfunded Mandates

REAL LIFE: Nyack Classroom teacher (2 min)

- How standardized testing affects student experience and learning time

Judith Johnson, Superintendent, Peekskill City School District,

former Asst. U.S. Secretary of Education (10 min)
- Pre-NCLB picture (culture of unfunded mandates)
-Race to the Top: costs vs. benefits
-Mandated testing of students: implications for students & classroom
-Teacher evaluation: 60% C-D20% Std. Test20% Local approach

2. Drastic reduction in state funding




REAL LIFE: Parent or student from North Rockland (2 min)

- How this has affected students

Dr. James Montesano, Superintendent, Nyack School District (10 min)
- State cuts and cost drivers (have hard numbers on salaries)
- Budget deficit estimate
- Budget trends for 5-10 years
- 2% tax cap

3. Taxes
REAL LIFE: Community member (2 min)

- How this has affected students

Fiscal Policy Institute (10 min)
- “Millionaire’s” tax expired ( – 5B + 2B = – 3B)
-Tax cap: what is it? Implications for middle class
-Circuit breaker: what is it? Implications for middle class

Questions for legislators (45 minutes).
E. Jaffe, K. Zebrowski, D. Carlucci. Each gets 2 min./question.
1. We obviously need some property tax relief in this community. At the same time our schools are underfunded and in big trouble. What is your plan to fix this problem?
(Jaffe/)

2. Our schools funds are gutted, our property taxes are untenable, and we just gave a $3B tax cut to the richest New Yorkers. Why is that happening in this administration and what are you doing to change it?

3. Question (re: testing)

4. (get data on RTTT) The state signed us up for something and gave us 1/20th of the money to do it. Every time we ask about RTTT relief, we hear that we’re stuck with it. Do you have a plan for fighting for an escape hatch? Are you talking to your federal representatives about how this is hurting us?




Petitions

Tables
- REF table (sign-in list + 2 petitions)
- Property Tax Relief group
- FPI table/information
- Nyack School District