October 12, 2016
By Stephanie West
New York, NY – Last Thursday October 6th, thousands of educators and parents across New York State walked around their schools to bring attention to the underfunding of public schools. Concurrently, the annual march to Albany was also taking place.
The New York State Legislature continues to owe $3.9 billion to state public schools as a result of the 2006 court decision in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity.
More than 100 thousand parents and educators in more than 200 cities nationwide staged events on October 6th demanding investment in their local public schools. The protests were part of the national walk-ins spearheaded by the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools (AROS). The demonstrations were part of a parent-student-community call to action to demand broad school reforms, including increased equitable funding.
On October 6th the Alliance for Quality Education, which is part of AROS, led the 150-mile Education Walk for CFE from NYC to Albany.