JAMESTOWN – Residents wanting to learn more about the financial plight facing local school districts and what they can do to help will want to attend a Community Forum and Rally taking place tonight at Southwestern Central School.
The event is being coordinated by both the Jamestown Teachers Association and the southwestern Teachers Association and will focus on challenges local districts are facing, primarily due to increased mandates from the state without a corresponding increase in aid. Several individuals are slated to speak, including Jamestown School Superintendent Tim Mains.
Teachers and residents from schools across the state have been organizing rallies to show solidarity and voice concern over a series of education reforms being proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, which include stricter guidelines for teacher evaluations.
A recent Quinnipiac poll shows a large portion of New Yorkers are not supportive of Cuomo’s plans for education reform—and it’s dragged down his approval rating to a new low of 50 percent.
Tonight’s forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Southwestern High School auditorium and is open to the public.