“The bottom line is every student should expect to get a good education from a state like New York,” said Abraham, who oversees social justice for the statewide organization. “Education takes families at the bottom of the ladder and turns them into productive citizens and taxpayers.”
Maria Pacheco, a Mohonasen teacher and NYSUT board member, said demographics are changing and more services are needed for students. She said when she began teaching, she and her three daughters, of Columbian heritage, and one other student were the only people of color. Now, one-quarter of the students are from a different culture, she said.
At Bradt Primary School in Mohonasen, every hallway has signs hung from the ceiling with reminders: “Be a good citizen,” “Be respectful,” “Go Gently.”
New York should heed those words for its obligations to schools.