Grassroots Advocacy Efforts Kicked Off in the Genesee Valley & Mohawk Sacandaga Regions
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Saturday is usually a day to kick back, watch football and tackle DIY projects around the house. But school was in session on September 24 for leaders and supporters of public education in Genesee, Livingston and Wyoming Counties who are worried about the future of their children and communities.
“Our rural, low-property-wealth schools are facing unprecedented financial challenges,” explained Don Hobart, President of the Genesee Valley School Boards Association. “That’s why we took the unusual step of sponsoring a Saturday event at this busy time of the school year.”
More than 60 superintendents, board of education members, school administrators, parent group leaders, community stakeholders and others spent Saturday morning in a Save Our Schools Rally and Advocacy Workshop at Pavilion High School.
Attendees heard from a panel of experts and received tools needed to help people be heard more effectively by their state legislative representatives and other important leaders on the critical issues that threaten the futures of their schools and students. The gathering also attracted significant local news coverage (see below).
This workshop followed a similar local rally in mid-August where 75 members and colleagues of the Mohawk Sacandaga School Boards Association gathered to address the mounting pressures on educators to improve student achievement and career readiness at a time of reduced funding and increased accountability. (Click here to read article.) [Read full story]