New York State Alliance for Public Education (NYSAPE) – Organized parent groups from across the state are calling an action alert

Action Alert from NYSAPE www.nysape.org – Please Post Everywhere for New Yorkers to start calling and emailing & faxing! 

Please call:
Governor Andrew Cuomo (518) 474-8390
Speaker of the House, Sheldon Silver (518) 455-3791
Co-Senate Majority Leaders:
Senator Dean Skelos (518) 455-3171
Senator Jeffrey Klein (518) 455-3595
Senate Education Chair, John Flanagan (518) 455-2071
Assembly Education Chair, Catherine Nolan (518) 455-4851
Chancellor Merryl Tisch (518) 474-5889
Call your http://www.regents.nysed.gov/members/home.html

Script:
My name is ( ) and I demand the resignation of the NYS Education Commissioner John King. The shutting down of parents’ voices is inexcusable. Tens of thousands of concerned citizens disagree with the education reforms and the push to share our children’s sensitive personal data. Thank you for listening to me as the Commissioner should have.

Email and/or Fax:
Email and/or Fax Governor Andrew Cuomo: gov.cuomo@chamber.state.ny.us Fax # (518) 474-1513
Copy:
Speaker of the House, Sheldon Silver: Speaker@assembly.state.ny.us Fax # (518) 455-5459
Co-Senate Majority Leaders
Senator Dean Skelos: skelos@nysenate.gov Fax # (518) 426-6950
Senator Jeffrey Klein: jdklein@senate.state.ny.us Fax # (718) 822-2321
Senate Education Chair, John Flanagan: flanagan@nysenate.gov Fax # (518) 426-6904
Assembly Education Chair, Catherine Nolan: NolanC@assembly.state.ny.us Fax # not available
Chancellor Merryl Tisch: RegentTisch@mail.nysed.gov Fax # not available
Email your http://www.regents.nysed.gov/members/home.html 
Email us to let us know you sent in your letter at NYS.Allies@gmail.com

Suggested Letter to be personalized:
Dear Governor Cuomo, 

I’m writing to express my severe displeasure at Commissioner John B. King, Jr.’s decision to cancel the state sponsored PTA town hall meetings. As parents, we have legitimate concerns regarding the NYSED’s educational reform and data sharing policies that are affecting our children. Commissioner King should have the decency and fortitude to listen to our concerns and explain his decisions publicly. The shutting down of public discourse is inexcusable and counter-productive. I demand the resignation of the NYS Education Commissioner John King.

The current policies of the NYSED are threatening our schools and our children’s learning experiences. The canceling of these important meetings is further evidence of the Commissioner’s and the NYSED’s lack of transparency and lack of concern for parents’ input. Though the Commissioner is not an elected official, he is appointed by people that are, and as one of my elected officials I am requesting that you listen and respond to our concerns.

Sincerely, 
PARENT NAME 
(School District) 
(City/Town, NY) 
Parent of # student(s) in xx grade(s)

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