VIDEO: Thousands gather for education rally outside Capitol


Thousands of teachers, students and supporters gathered outside of the state Capitol on Saturday, calling for what they say is an overabundance of high-stakes standardized tests.

The rally was organized by New York State United Teachers, the state’s largest teachers union.

Below, a look at how it all went down. State Education Commissioner John King’s response to the rally is here.


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  1. Jackson Davies on

    In 2013 teachers should not be having rallies to advocate for adequate funding for the public schools.
    We as a society should ALL be fighting for wonderfully funded public schools but our priorities are with buying luxury cars, cruises, paying $200 for cable TV each month and which restaurant gives bigger portions.
    As long as conservatives continue to push this shortsighted budget cutting the further behind the USA will fall in the competitive race with the rest of the world.
    If your children cant read you have yourself to blame. Less teachers, bigger class size, less individual time means your child cant read and cant multiply. Dont buy them an ipad, or a new upgraded phone, worry about proper funding of the public school.

  2. JD- Are you serious? Our public school budgets are BLOATED and OVER funded. Unfortunately most if not nearly All the cash is sucked up by “administrators” and long term tenured Teachers.

    The current public school systems fails to take advantage of modern tech. We have the same schools we had in the 1800’s The whole system needs to be scraped and re re designed to include Home schooling, Secular and and religious charter schools and Virtual school houses. The current unions controlled system is garbage in garbage out. Money is NOT the issue. Public schools failure to TEACH kids is. Wise up, the KIDS are watching.

  3. Things never change

    “When schoolchildren start paying union dues, that’s when I’ll start representing the interests of schoolchildren.” Albert Shanker president of the United Federation of Teachers from 1964 to 1985